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Pseudoboletus parasiticus

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 6 November 2010 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

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

Canon EOS 400D 1/400 second F/8.0 ISO 200 150 mm

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Christine from Duns, United Kingdom

What a find, lovely light and framing

6 Nov 2010 7:51am

@Christine: Late afternoon autumn light can be very wonderfull. This is a very intresting mushroom to find regarding its ecology. Thanks again for your comment, Christine. Greetz !

Véro from Savoie, France

belle et douce lumière d'automne

6 Nov 2010 1:17pm

@Véro: I always like the golden touch of the afternoon light. It is just my favorite. Thanks for your comment again, Véro. Greetz !

Laurent from near Lyon, France

beautiful warm light, perfect DOF and lovely background bokeh

6 Nov 2010 4:21pm

@Laurent: Thank you very much for your visit and nice comment, Laurent.

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

The lighting is exceptional.

6 Nov 2010 8:49pm

@Ana Lúcia: Thank you very much for your visit and your comment, Ana. This image is made in late afternoon autumn light - my favorite :-)

zecarlos from Lisboa, Portugal

Amazing light. Congrats.

6 Nov 2010 9:47pm

@zecarlos: Thank you very much for your visit and comment, Zecarlos. Glad you like this image.

Veronique from Sarrouilles, France

very interesting and you framed it so well

6 Nov 2010 10:19pm

@Veronique: The hardest part was to wait for the wind to stop blowing. Not for the mushrooms - they did stand quite solid, but the leaves of these ferns just kept weaving in front of the mushrooms... It is a very unique species indeed. Have a nice day, Veronique. Greetz !

Bill Brown from California, United States

Gorgeous light and composition!

7 Nov 2010 1:02am

@Bill Brown: Thank you very much for your visit and comment, Bill. Glad you like this image.

Marleen from Doesburg, Netherlands

Dit lijkt mij een zeldzame vondst! Mooie aanblik met de fijne groene blaadjes erbij:-)

7 Nov 2010 1:28pm

@Marleen: Heel vaak komt deze niet voor, maar waar hij voorkomt kan het massaal zijn. De gele aardappelbovist is je allicht wel bekend - het loont altijd de moeite om toch even uit te kijken of er geen boleetjes aankleven :-). Ik las ergens een statistiek dat ongeveer 1 op 100 "aangetast" zou zijn door deze parasiet. Fijne dag, Marleen. Groetjes !

myky from London, Canada

Another amazing macro...the colour combinations are superb

7 Nov 2010 5:16pm

@myky: Real autumn, don't you think ? Thanks for commenting on this one, Myky.

Rodolf from Girona, Spain

Perfecta. Simplemente perfecta.

7 Nov 2010 6:17pm

@Rodolf: (Except for the left fern-leave hanging a little in front of the fungus ...but you never can get it all right) Thank you very much again, Rodolf.

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, United States

I wonder how and why it evolved to be parasitic when there are so many other sources of nutrients in the environment and such a need for decomposers?

16 Nov 2010 10:36am

Canon EOS 400D
1/400 second
ISO 200
150 mm