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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Creature Feature: Glowing Mushrooms.

For those of you who do not get the mushroom joke, please look up "Badger Badger" on Google. You're welcome. Now, without any further ado, something that we assure you is not a result of acid:



No, you are not on drugs. Those mushrooms really are glowing. They are members of one of seventy-one odd species of glowing mushroom. Thirty-three of those species are in the genus Mycena; this genus's bioluminescence is widespread enough that scientists theorize that the genus somehow lost its glow along the way.



Glowing Mycena mushrooms are native to Brazil, Australia, Malaysia, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, and Belize. They glow all the time, but the glow is not very visible in daylight. Take a few of these in a dark room and enjoy the night lights; one researcher compared a rain forest floor covered with glowing mushrooms to looking up at the night sky, glimmering with stars.

Why do they glow? Nobody really knows. Desjardin, a fittingly-named mycologist, theorizes that the mushrooms glow to attract nocturnal animals. This somehow helps them disperse their spores. Glowing is apparently sexy, now. (Do not give Kuro ideas, science! That's dangerous! Whoops, too late.)

 

Save the rain forest. It has glowing mushrooms!


Tomorrow: More 'reptile food' and a giant rodent!

2 comments:

  1. "No, you are not on drugs. Those mushrooms really are glowing. They are members of one of seventy-one odd..."

    Ha ha! Yes, I am on drugs. And those mushrooms... Wait.

    Now I'm not on drugs anymore.

    You bastard!

    [Stomps away]

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