When: 2008-10-08

Collection location: Lake Earl, Del Norte Co., California, USA [Click for map]

Who: Ron Pastorino (Ronpast)

No specimen available

Came across several small Gomphus floccosus, a few of them infected with a bluish mold or Hypomyces. So far I haven’t been able to find any name for this bluish fungal parasite but got some spore prints of both ( I think). The large spores in Congo red were from the Gomphus floccosus and the small roundish spores ( ~2.3-3.0 microns)were from the Hypomyces. Since I carried them in the same bag, I believe you can see some of the Hypomyces spores among the G. floccosus spores.

[admin – Sat Aug 14 02:02:02 +0000 2010]: Changed location name from ‘Lake Earl, Del Norte Co., Ca.’ to ‘Lake Earl, Del Norte Co., California, USA’


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I’ve seen that parasitic mold also.
By: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)
2008-10-14 09:00:35 CDT (-0500)

Often on G.f. after there has been a frost, so could never be sure. Your mold in much more pronounced than what I’ve seen. NEAT!