Hypomyces lactifluorum 

Hypomyces lactifluorum (Schwein.) Tulles & C. Tulles 

This is commonly known as the ‘Lobster Mushroom.’ Host mushroom is the white Russula brevipes. The parasite transforms the host’s gills and stipe and turns an unexceptional soft and brittle mushroom into a fairly long-lasting solid brightly colored orange to reddish gourmet delight. The flesh inside is white. Sometimes has a fishy odor that disappears with cooking. 

It is in the Hypocreaceae family in the Hypocreales order of the ascomycota. 

Holds up well to sautéing. Best with garlic, onions and butter/olive oil. Good on salads, pasta, meat, toast. 

Plentiful in la