Pseudoboletus parasiticus (syn: Boletus parasiticus / Xerocomus parasiticus) (Kostgangerboleet (BE) / Parasitic Bolete (EN) / Parasitische Röhrling (DE) / Bolet parasite (FR)) is a fungus species in the Boletaceae family.
Many fungi feed on dead organic material such as various types of wood and plant remains or they are parasites on living organisms. But that one mushroom lives at the expense of other mushrooms is more rare. This bolete parasitizes the earthball (Scleroderma citrinum), growing right out of its body! Although there are more "fungi-eating fungi", this is the only known case of parasitism involving a bolete popping out of a puffball.
Image: Malle (BE) - 03/10/2010
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