Asterophora lycoperdoides. This was first found in Guernsey by L'Association Mycologique du Cotentin on their visit to the island in September 2008. It is an unusual fungus in two ways: It grows on another species of fungus, most commonly, as in the photograph, on Blackening Brittlegill Russula nigricans. The other reason is that it seldom produces spores from its gills, which are usually deformed, but instead reproduces asexually by chlamydospores produced over the surface of its cap. These can be seen as the brown powder covering the fruiting body in the photograph. This is a rare species and has no English name.
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