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Hypomyces lactifluorum Hypomyces lactifluorum infection on a Russula species (probably Russula brevipes which also fruiting in this same spot). Geotagged,Hypomyces lactifluorum,Lobster Claw Mushroom,Lobster mushroom,Minnesota,Russula,Summer,United States,orange fungus Click/tap to enlarge

Hypomyces lactifluorum

Hypomyces lactifluorum infection on a Russula species (probably Russula brevipes which also fruiting in this same spot).

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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 Mar 14, 2019. Captured Sep 2, 2015 10:28 in 4408 Miller Rd, Barnum, MN 55707, USA.
  • Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL
  • f/4.0
  • 1/60s
  • ISO400
  • 100mm