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Asterophora lycoperdoides (Bull.) Ditmar (Powdery Piggyback, Pick-a-back Toadstool)

Sets of Photographs

These relate to individual finds ("biological records") of the organism.

Suggested Literature

Identification Works

Brand, A.W., 1990 Profiles of Fungi No. 28: Nyctalis asterophora Fr.

Asterophora lycoperdoides may also be covered by literature listed under:

(living things)
(true fungi)
(spore droppers)
(a class of fungi)
(mushrooms and toadstools)
(piggyback or pick-a-back toadstools)
Macromycetes (via Agaricales) Fungi s.l. (via Fungi)

BioInfo BioInfo ( has 9 feeding and other relationships of Asterophora lycoperdoides (Powdery Piggyback, Pick-a-back Toadstool)

Further Information

Notes (MWS) The commoner of our two species of Asterophora. The toadstools parasitise species of Russula, especially R. nigricans but also R. adusta. The fruitbodies are initially white (when they invite misidentification as A. parasitica) but soon turn brown as they develop a coating of brown chlamydospores. The gills are always poorly developed.
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