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Infected Helvella lacunosa. These Elfin Saddles have been infected with, yes, another fungus. In this case a white mouldy parasite, Hypomyces cervinigenus.      Canada,Fall,Geotagged,Helvella lacunosa,Slate grey saddle Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

Infected Helvella lacunosa.

These Elfin Saddles have been infected with, yes, another fungus. In this case a white mouldy parasite, Hypomyces cervinigenus.

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  1. Cool find! Posted 21 days ago
    1. Thanks, in truth it’s hard to find the Elfin Saddles around here not to be infected! Posted 21 days ago
      1. I have only found an elfin saddle once and it wasn't infected. I do see a lot of infected Lactarius/Russula mushrooms (Lobsters) though. They seem to be everywhere this time of year. Posted 21 days ago
        1. Our “lobster” season sort of ended about three weeks ago. They are becoming scarce. Either that or there are too many others that are popping up... all over in the woods. Posted 21 days ago

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''Helvella lacunosa'', also known as the slate grey saddle or fluted black elfin saddle, is an ascomycete fungus of the family Helvellaceae. It is probably the most common species in the genus ''Helvella''. The mushroom is readily identified by its irregularly shaped grey cap, fluted stem, and fuzzy undersurfaces. It is found in Eastern North America and in Europe, near deciduous and coniferous trees in summer and autumn.

Similar species: Pezizales
Species identified by gary fast
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Uploaded Oct 25, 2019. Captured Oct 25, 2019 10:07 in 729-753 Whaletown Rd, Mansons Landing, BC V0P 1K0, Canada.
  • E-M5MarkII
  • f/22.0
  • 1/250s
  • ISO1250
  • 60mm