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Lobster Mushroom - Hypomyces lactifluorum Fruiting body was hard, orange, ridged, and oddly shaped. It was covered with tiny, orange pimples. The &quot;lobster mushroom&quot; is actually a fungus that has parasitized a Russula or Lactarius mushroom. <br />
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Habitat: Growing on the ground, amid moss in a coniferous forest.<br />
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Habitat: Growing on the ground, amid moss in a coniferous forest.<br />
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Lobster Mushroom - Hypomyces lactifluorum

Fruiting body was hard, orange, ridged, and oddly shaped. It was covered with tiny, orange pimples. The "lobster mushroom" is actually a fungus that has parasitized a Russula or Lactarius mushroom.

Habitat: Growing on the ground, amid moss in a coniferous forest.

Lobster Mushroom - Hypomyces lactifluorum Fruiting body was hard, orange, ridged, and oddly shaped. It was covered with tiny, orange pimples.  The "lobster mushroom" is actually a fungus that has parasitized a Russula or Lactarius mushroom. <br />
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Habitat: Growing on the ground, amid moss in a coniferous forest.<br />
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The Lobster mushroom, ''Hypomyces lactifluorum'', contrary to its common name, is not a mushroom, but rather a parasitic ascomycete fungus that grows on certain species of mushrooms, turning them a reddish orange color that resembles the outer shell of a cooked lobster.

Similar species: Hypocreales
Species identified by Christine Young
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By Christine Young

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Uploaded Sep 29, 2018. Captured Sep 27, 2018 13:26 in 3370 VT-30, Dorset, VT 05251, USA.
  • Canon EOS 80D
  • f/4.0
  • 1/64s
  • ISO400
  • 100mm