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.
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. ''H. lactifluorum'' specifically attacks members of the genera ''Lactarius'' and ''Lactifluus'' , and ''Russula'' , such as ''Russula brevipes'' and ''Lactifluus piperatus'' in North America. At maturity, ''H. lactifluorum'' thoroughly.. more