Mycena lux-coeli

Mycena lux-coeli—meaning "heavenly light mushrooms"—is a bioluminescent species of fungus in the family Mycenaceae. It was first discovered in 1954 on Hachijō-jima where it is widely found, and decades later was found on multiple islands in Japan.[1][2]

Mycena lux-coeli
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Fungi
Division: Basidiomycota
Class: Agaricomycetes
Order: Agaricales
Family: Mycenaceae
Genus: Mycena
M. lux-coeli
Binomial name
Mycena lux-coeli
Corner (1954)

Hachijō-jima island is also home to the bioluminescent mushroom species, Mycena chlorophos. The local name for these mushrooms is hato-no-hi, literally "pigeon fire".[1]


  1. ^ a b Bird, Winifred (11 June 2008). "Luminescent mushrooms cast light on Japan's forest crisis". The Japan Times. Archived from the original on 14 April 2017. Retrieved 13 April 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ Corner EJH (1950). "Descriptions of two luminous tropical agarics (Dictyopanus and Mycena)". Mycologia. 42 (3): 423–431. doi:10.2307/3755797. JSTOR 3755797.