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Lobster Mushroom - Hypomyces lactifluorum Habitat: Mixed 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. ''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
Species identified by Christine Young
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Uploaded Feb 21, 2019. Captured Oct 14, 2018 10:35 in 3280 Franklin Ave, Millbrook, NY 12545, USA.
  • Canon EOS 80D
  • f/2.8
  • 1/166s
  • ISO250
  • 100mm