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Conifer egg fungus (Cryptoporus volvatus)

Cryptoporus volvatus is a wood rot fungus that aids in the decomposition of conifer trees. When insects (most notably bark beetles) obtain nutrients and shelter from this mushroom, they inevitably acquire its spores and ultimately assist the fungus in spreading to other trees. This relationship is mutually beneficial for the insect and fungus, but sometimes harms otherwise healthy trees.

Conifer egg fungus (Cryptoporus volvatus).  Horse Canyon Trail, Eldorado National Forest, Amador County, CA. Stock Photo ID=FUN0190
Conifer egg fungus (Cryptoporus volvatus) on a fallen red fir (Abies magnifica var. magnifica). Horse Canyon Trail, Eldorado National Forest, Sierra Nevada, Amador County, California.

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