You know you are ‘BIG’ when you get a organism named after you.
From the darkest jungles of Borneo…
‘SpongeBob‘ Mushroom Discovered in the Forests of Borneo
ScienceDaily (June 15, 2011) — Sing it with us: What lives in the rainforest, under a tree? 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,” according to Desjardin and colleagues’ description published in the journal Mycologia.
What cemented its moniker, however, was the fungus’ spongelike appearance and its ability to return to its original size after being squeezed.
When it’s wet and moist and fresh, you can wring water out of it and it will spring back to its original size,” explained Dennis Desjardin, a researcher at SFSU. “Most mushrooms don’t do that.”
Desjardin and his colleagues published their findings in a paper called “Spongiforma squarepantsii, a new species of gasteroid bolete from Borneo” that was published online in the journal Mycologia on May 10, 2011.
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