June 26, 2011

Spongebob Squarepants Mushroom newly discovered in Borneo forest

This is exciting really!! Read more.......
A new species of mushroom has been named by its discoverers after the cartoon character SpongeBob SquarePants.
The fungus, named Spongiforma squarepantsiiby the researchers at San Francisco State University (SFSU), was found during an expedition to the forests of Borneo.
S. squarepantsii is shaped like a sea sponge and, say its discoverers, has a fruity or musty smell.
SpongeBob is the star of an eponymous television cartoon series which began in 1999. The character, who wears a short pair of square, brown trousers, lives in the fictional locality of Bikini Bottom.
The new mushroom is only one of two species that belong in the genusSpongiforma. The other one is found in central Thailand, but differs in its colour and odour.
"We expect that it has a wider range than these two areas," said Professor Dennis E Desjardin, from SFSU, who is a co-author of the scientific paper.

Reference source and photo from BBC
Spongiforma squarepantsii (SFSU)

If you happen to see this in one of your walks please take a photo or photos......Our indigenous people would probably have a common name for it too....


Ann said...

it is colourful, so you better not eat it.

Sarawakiana@2 said...

I see. So far no response from any one about this...I read the BBC news several times too but nothing from Sarawakians or Malaysians.

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