I picked it this evening beneath an oak, in France, Nantes :

Three in a row Please give me a hand

I tried an image search with Google, and it seems I picked a finger of a dead hand :)

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What is its name, and is it edible?

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    $\begingroup$ Did you try the image search after cropping the fingers out of the target! $\endgroup$ Oct 22, 2015 at 6:38
  • $\begingroup$ @DavidLeBauer No I didn't, I'll give it a shot! $\endgroup$
    – Bigood
    Oct 22, 2015 at 8:16
  • $\begingroup$ @DavidLeBauer Interesting! $\endgroup$
    – Bigood
    Oct 22, 2015 at 8:19
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    $\begingroup$ :-) a dog! No, I suspect Coprinus comatus or similar. Did you keep them around? Did they turn black and inky? $\endgroup$ Oct 23, 2015 at 5:21
  • $\begingroup$ @DavidLeBauer I forget it in the fridge, a black juice came out of it and turned all of my roommates crazy. So yes. $\endgroup$
    – Bigood
    Oct 23, 2015 at 8:43

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The shape, colour and scales on the hat suggest something in the genus Coprinus.

Some species are edible, but it is not recommended to have them with wine. I would not advise you to eat them without further live identification by someone knowledgeable. Photo identification is not reliable.

  • $\begingroup$ Coprinus comatus gills will start to turn pink then to black liquid in a couple days . That would confirm identification so next time they come up in the same area you will know what they are . Certainly looks exactly like them ; I have eaten many pounds of them. $\endgroup$ Jun 18, 2021 at 3:13

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