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Lobster Mushroom (Hypocmyces lactifluorum) Parasitized fungus growing in a mixed (mostly coniferous) forest in Floyd County, GA.<br />
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Lobster Mushroom (Hypocmyces lactifluorum)

Parasitized fungus growing in a mixed (mostly coniferous) forest in Floyd County, GA.

Lobster Mushroom (Hypocmyces lactifluorum) Parasitized fungus growing in a mixed (mostly coniferous) forest in Floyd County, GA.<br />
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Lobster Mushroom (Hypocmyces lactifluorum) Parasitized fungus growing in a mixed (mostly coniferous) forest in Floyd County, GA.<br />
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    comments (4)

  1. That's a really nice one! Posted one year ago
    1. The first one I've ever found! It was stinky, so I didn't consider taking it home for dinner. I wasn't sure if it was supposed to stink or if this one was "past its prime"? Posted one year ago
      1. Eh, good call. I wouldn't have eaten a stinky mushroom either. I have never noticed an odor with them, but have heard some people say that they smell like fish. Posted one year ago
        1. I could see that. Smelled musty and rotten. Posted one year ago

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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. ''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

Similar species: Hypocreales
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Uploaded Oct 23, 2018. Captured Oct 22, 2018 15:32 in 21 North Dr, Armuchee, GA 30105, USA.
  • Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XTi
  • f/14.0
  • 1/200s
  • ISO400
  • 60mm