‘SpongeBob’ mushroom discovered in the forests of Borneo

Main report: 'SpongeBob' mushroom discovered in the forests of Borneo
Other Reporting: University Melbourne Bog
Scientific Paper: Mycologia   
New Taxa: Spongiforma squarepantsii
Species named for: SpongeBob SquarePants
Categories: Celebrity Taxa | Mushrooms & Fungi | New Species

Spongiforma squarepantsii, a new species of mushroom almost as strange as its cartoon namesake. Its discovery in the forests of Borneo, says San Francisco State University researcher Dennis Desjardin, suggests that even some of the most charismatic characters in the fungal kingdom are yet to be identified. Shaped like a sea sponge, S. squarepantsii was found in 2010 in the Lambir Hills in Sarawak, Malaysia. It is bright orange-although it can turn purple when sprinkled with a strong chemical base-and smells vaguely fruity or strongly musty.

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