Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Now I've got a hankerin' for a Crabby Patty...

Newly Discovered Mushroom Named after SpongeBob

A new species of mushroom discovered in Borneo has been named SpongeBob SquarePants by researchers.

The fungus, Spongiforma squarepantsii, was found by biologists from San Francisco State University during an expedition to Borneo's forests. They were inspired to give it the name SpongeBob because of its sea-sponge shape.

Also, when viewed under an electron microscope, parts of the fungus look like a seafloor carpeted in tube sponges, "reminiscent of the fictitious home of SpongeBob," according to biology professor Dennis Desjardin, who has discovered more than 200 fungi species.





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