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Leucocoprinus birnbaumii 56049.jpg
Leucocoprinus birnbaumii
arising in a flowerpot
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Fungi
Division: Basidiomycota
Class: Agaricomycetes
Order: Agaricales
Family: Agaricaceae
Genus: Leucocoprinus
Pat. (1888)
Type species
Leucocoprinus cepistipes
(Sowerby) Pat. (1889)
  • Mastocephalus Battarra ex Kuntze (1891)
  • Lepiota subgen. Leucobolbitius J.E.Lange (1935)
  • Lepiotophyllum Locq. (1942)
  • Leucobolbitius (J.E.Lange) Locq. (1952)

Leucocoprinus is a genus of fungi in the family Agaricaceae. Its best-known member is the yellow pot-plant mushroom (Leucocoprinus birnbaumii), found worldwide. The type species is Leucocoprinus cepistipes. The genus has a widespread distribution and contains about 40 species.[2] It includes some highly derived cultivars grown by the Acromyrmex and Atta leaf-cutting ants in an evolved ant–fungus mutualism.[3]


Species of the genus include, but are not limited to:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Synonymy: Leucocoprinus Pat.". Species Fungorum. CAB International. Retrieved 2016-01-09. 
  2. ^ Kirk PM, Cannon PF, Minter DW, Stalpers JA (2008). Dictionary of the Fungi (10th ed.). Wallingford, UK: CAB International. p. 374. ISBN 978-0-85199-826-8. 
  3. ^ Schowalter TD. (2011). Insect Ecology: An Ecosystem Approach. Academic Press. p. 252. ISBN 978-0-12-381351-0. 

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