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Mycena viscidocruenta (Ruby Bonnet)

Kingdom: Fungi
Division: Basidiomycota
Class:Basidiomycetes
Order:Agaricales
Family: Mycenaceae
Genus: Mycena
Species: M viscidocruenta
Scientific name: Mycena viscidocruenta 
Common name: Ruby Bonnet

Mycena viscidocruenta is a small mycena with caps of around 7-8 mm across, brilliant red, hemispherical and it flattens as it matures, so that the centre is depressed, margins are striate.
The flesh and stem are the same colour as the cap, but the gills are sometimes a little paler. There is no ring or volva, and the cap can be quite viscid especially in wet weather. The stem is slender and hollow and up to 4 cm long and is sticky or slimy when wet as is the cap. The spore print is white.
It is usually found in small groups attached to small sticks and leaves especially in moist gullies in native forest, urban scrub and wood chip gardens.

Photo of the hemispherical (bonnet shape) of the young mushroom and the flattened cap of a mature mushroom.