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The Genus Hypomyces
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by Michael Kuo
The species in Hypomyces are fungi that parasitize mushrooms, covering them with powders, pimply crusts, and so on. Often the parasite fungus so transforms the host mushroom that it's impossible to tell what the host was. The Lobster Mushroom, for example, is a Russula or Lactarius mushroom that has been covered with a bright orange Hypomyces species, Hypomyces lactifluorum.
Key to 6 Commonly Collected Species of Hypomyces in North America
Harrison, K. A. & Grund, D. W. (1977). Nova Scotian fleshy fungi: A new albino variant of Hypomyces lactifluorum (Schw. Ex Fr.) Tulasne. Proceedings of the Nova Scotian Institute of Science 28: 87–91.
Poldmaa, K. (2003). Three species of Hypomyces growing on basidiomata of Stereaceae. Mycologia 95: 921–933.
Poldmaa, K., Farr, D.F., & McCray, E.B. (2006). Hypomyces online. Retrieved from the Systematic Botany & Mycology Laboratory, ARS, USDA Web site: http://nt.ars-grin.gov/taxadescriptions/keys/HypomycesIndex.cfm
Rogerson, C. T. & Simms, H. R. (1971). A new species of Hypomyces on Helvella. Mycologia 63: 416–421.
Rogerson, C. T. & Samuels, G. J. (1994). Agaricolous species of Hypomyces. Mycologia 86: 839–866.
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Kuo, M. (2006, October). The genus Hypomyces. Retrieved from the MushroomExpert.Com Web site: http://www.mushroomexpert.com/hypomyces.html