Bolete eater

Hypomyces chrysospermus

The bolete eater, ''Hypomyces chrysospermus'', is a parasitic ascomycete fungus that grows on bolete mushrooms, turning the afflicted host a whitish, golden yellow, or tan color. It is found in Eurasia and North America, as well as southwest Western Australia. Unlike the related Lobster mushroom, ''H. lactifluorum'', the bolete eater and its afflicted host mushrooms are inedible.
Bolete Eater - Hypomyces chrysospermus This mushroom (Boletus sp. or Tylopilus sp.) is infected with a parasitic fungus, Hypomyces chrysospermus, which has distorted its growth.

Habitat: It was growing in wood chips along a nature trail in a mixed, but mostly deciduous forest. Bolete eater,Geotagged,Hypomyces,Hypomyces chrysospermus,Summer,United States,bolete,boletus,mushroom,parasitic fungus,tylopilus

Appearance

The bolete eater infects boletes, initially with a thin whitish layer which then becomes golden and finally a reddish brown pimpled appearance. The bolete's flesh softens and is putrescent by the third stage. Single or multiple boletes may be infected, members of ''Paxillus'' and ''Rhizopogon'' are also attacked.

The spores are oval-shaped and smooth in the white stage and measure 10–30 by 5–12 μm, and are warty, round and thicker-walled in the yellow stage and are 10–25 μm in diameter. These two stages are asexual, while the final stage is sexual; here the spores are spindle-shaped and measure 25–30 by 5–6 μm.
Bolete Eater - Hypomyces chrysospermus This mushroom is completely infected with Hypomyces chrysospermus. In its early stages of growth, the mold forms a smooth layer of white mycelium over the mushroom and has a powdery texture. 

The drops of liquid dripping from the pores are called guttation fluid. It consists of mainly water and is a by-product of rapid fungal growth. This liquid will evaporate if the infection is growing slowly, but when it grows quickly, the production of water exceeds the rate of evaporation. The guttation fluid also contains nutrients, which is probably why there are tiny insects in the fluid - they are seeking the liquid and/or the nutrients. 

Habitat: Spotted in a mixed forest with lots of oak and pine.
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Distribution

''Hypomyces chrysospermus'' is found in North America, and Europe, where it is common. It is common in the southwest of Western Australia, where it is found in forest and coastal plant communities. It is also found in the Eastern Chinese provinces of Hebei, Jiangsu, Anhui, and Fujian.
Bolete Eater - Hypomyces chrysospermus This mushroom is completely infected with Hypomyces chrysospermus. In its early stages of growth, the mold forms a smooth layer of white mycelium over the mushroom and has a powdery texture. 

The drops of liquid dripping from the pores are called guttation fluid. It consists of mainly water and is a by-product of rapid fungal growth. This liquid will evaporate if the infection is growing slowly, but when it grows quickly, the production of water exceeds the rate of evaporation. The guttation fluid also contains nutrients, which is probably why there are tiny insects in the fluid - they are seeking the liquid and/or the nutrients. 

Habitat: Spotted in a mixed forest with lots of oak and pine.
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 Bolete eater,Geotagged,Hypomyces chrysospermus,Summer,United States,fungus,mushroom

Habitat

''Hypomyces chrysospermus'' is found in North America, and Europe, where it is common. It is common in the southwest of Western Australia, where it is found in forest and coastal plant communities. It is also found in the Eastern Chinese provinces of Hebei, Jiangsu, Anhui, and Fujian.

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Taxonomy
KingdomFungi
DivisionAscomycota
ClassSordariomycetes
OrderHypocreales
FamilyHypocreaceae
GenusHypomyces
SpeciesH. chrysospermus