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Fungi on fungi

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Parasitic bolete growing on an earthball

Parasitic bolete growing on an earthball

We generally think of fungi as being decomposers and without them we would be knee-deep in organic remains. But there are some that parasitise other fungi and a good example was found by Joy Fildes on a recent fungi foray. This is the parasitic bolete, Pseudoboletus parasiticus, fruiting from a common earthball, Scleroderma citrinum. The parasite is specific to this host and is a fairly rare find, probably the first record for Studland.

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Author: Kevin Rideout

National Trust Visitor Experience Officer based at Studland

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