Fruit-body a bright-orange mold growing on the surface of members of the Russulaceae (in California usually Russula brevipes); gills of the parasitized host . Hypomyces lactifluorum is an unmistakable, sought after mycological find I have yet to encounter this calendar year. I have found other closely. DNA distribution pattern and metabolite profile of wild edible lobster mushroom ( Hypomyces lactifluorum/Russula brevipes). Laperriere G(1)(2).

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Hypomyces lactifluorum, the lobster mushroom, Tom Volk’s Fungus of the Month for August

Hypomyces chrysospermum which forms the familiar white to yellow cottony growths on boletes; Hypomyces lateritiuswhich despite its name meaning “reddish,” produces a cream to pale-tan growth on the gills of Lactarius deliciousus and L. They have a seafood-like flavor and a firm, dense texture.

Retrieved from ” https: By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Parasitic on Russula brevipesand possibly other members of the Russulaceae; north coastal in distribution; fruiting shortly after the fall rains; occasional to common.


Fruit-body a bright-orange mold growing on the surface of members of the Russulaceae in California usually Russula brevipes ; gills of the parasitized host reduced to folds; in age, minute, reddish-orange perithecial mounds develop use hand lens ; context of host firm, brittle, if Lactariusthen oozing a latex; odor at first fungal, then of shellfish; taste mild in R.

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Hypomyces lactifluorum. The Comprehensive Identification Guide. Lobster mushrooms are widely eaten and enjoyed; they are commercially marketed and are commonly found in some large grocery stores.

Hypomyces lactifluorum

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This article related to parasites is a stub. In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikispecies. Edible and very good. This Ascomycete parasite transforms its host, often Russula brevipesfrom white to brilliant orange, and causes the gills to abort their development.


Lobster Mushroom (Hypomyces lactifluorum) ยท

Oactifluorum Hypomyces lactifluorum is most conspicuous member of the genus, other species are occasionally encountered. Agaricicolous Species of Hypomyces. Lobster mushroom Scientific classification Kingdom: These emanate from countless reddish-orange perithecial mounds which dot the surface at maturity. This page was last edited on 21 Marchat From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Hypocreaceae Edible fungi Parasitic fungi Parasite stubs. The Lobster mushroomHypomyces lactifluorumcontrary to its common name, is not a mushroombut 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.

The “gills,” still produce spores, but only those of Hypomyces lactifluorum. Views Read Edit View history.