Lobster Fungus Hypomyces lactifluorum (Schwein.) Tul. & C. Tul.    
Kingdom Fungi   >   Phylum Ascomycota   >   Class Sordariomycetes   >   Order Hypocreales   >   Family Hypocreaceae   >   Genus Hypomyces   


Bright orange to red-orange parasite may completely cover fruiting bodies of various Russula and Lactarius species; sometimes white patches present, surface roughened; deforms cap, gills, and stalk of host (J. Solem, pers. comm.).

Where to find:

Habitat: Hardwoods or conifers wherever hosts are present.

There are 27 records in the project database.

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Lobster Fungus parasitizing another fungus in Howard Co., Maryland (12/13/2011). Determined by Bob and Jo Solem. Photo by Richard Orr. (MBP list)

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