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Asterophora parasitica (Bull.) Singer (Silky Piggyback)

Sets of Photographs

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

Suggested Literature

BioInfo BioInfo ( has 1 general literature references to Asterophora parasitica (Silky Piggyback)

Asterophora parasitica 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.

BioInfo BioInfo ( has 10 feeding and other relationships of Asterophora parasitica (Silky Piggyback)

Further Information

Notes (MWS) The less common of our two species of Asterophora. The toadstools parasitise Russula fruitbodies, especially R. nigricans, but also R. densifolia, R. fellea and R. foetens. The fruitbodies are always white and have well-developed gills.

It is often claimed that both species of Asterophora can grow together, but many of these records are likely to relate to immature A. lycoperdoides.
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