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Spongebob the Mushroom

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Date: Jun 17, 2011 - 07:39 AM
A new rainforest mushroom has been discovered and named after Spongebob Squarepants, indicating that some scientist has a 5-year-old who watches way too much TV.

The mushroom's cool, though.

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.

Under a scanning electron microscope, the spore-producing area of the fungus looks like a seafloor carpeted in tube sponges, which further convinced the researchers to name their find after the famous Bob.

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