Observation 184344: Termitomyces R. Heim

When: 1980-01-01

Collection location: Malaysia [Click for map]

Who: Danny Newman (myxomop)

No specimen available

This is a transcript of episode 5 of season 2 of Naked and Afraid entitled “The Pain Forest” (cute). The show, its premise and its subjects are all retarded on more levels than I can put into words, which is one surefire way to know one is watching an American reality TV program.

The fungus in question is annulate with a tapering base, probably white-spored, and seemingly saprotrophic. I’ve posted screenshots to show as many angles as possible but others may wish to watch the entire segment in the event that I’ve missed anything.

Fernando: “Whoa! What is this?!”

Samantha: “They’re mushrooms. These were not here yesterday. Not, not even a hint.”

Fernando: “The jungle just gives us a gift!”

Samantha: “I know.”

Fernando: “Are these all edible?”

Samantha: “Uhm… I dunno, we’ll just have to take a look.”

Narrator: “Mistakenly eating the wrong type of mushroom can be fatal. Within hours of ingestion, it can cause respiratory failure, and shut down vital organs."

Samantha: “Probably not a good idea to eat them.”

Fernando: “This is, this is so taboo in the world of survival.”

Samantha: “I know.”

Fernando: “Because, like, mushrooms are a big no-no. But, uhm, I’m just so hungry, desperate times here— I’ma dig in.

Samantha: “You just gonna go for it? I just don’t know if I can do it…”

Samantha (Narrating): “Fernando is not picky at all about what he eats. I am a little more cautious.”

Fernando: “I’ll prolly hang out here for a few minutes.”

[takes a bite]

Fernando: “That’s good.”


Fernando: “That is good.”

Fernando: “Ooof.”

[grimaces, brings hand to throat, makes stupid face]

Fernando: “Huh… very unusual sensation. Some kinda reaction’s happening on the roof of my mouth.”

[distress sets in]


Narrator: “Before they began their 21 day survival challenge in the oppressive Malysian rain forest, Samantha and Feranmand were both given a primitive a primitive survival rating, or ‘PSR.’ Samantha has struggled with hypothermia and starvation, making her overly dependent on her partner. As a result, her PSR has been trending down. Fernando’s optimism while under durress has helped support his teammate. His PSR was up, but now, his desperate decision to eat an unidentified fungus… could change everything.”


Narrator: “Fernando’s reaction to the toxins in the mushroom has passed. In the world of survival, he’s dodged a bullet.

Fernando: “It was definitely an eye opener, and that definitely made me, uh, more cautious. I’ma go ahead and abandon the mushroom operation.

Samantha: “Over here! Hurry!”

Samantha (Narrating): Fernando is really sick. I’m not sure whether it’s from the mushrooms or drinking the wrong water, but he needs help.

Fernando: “I feel so cold, like my whole body, uh, aches.”

Medic: “Let me check your temperature.”


Medic: “Your BP is low, 80 over 60, and you have a fever of 39.9.”


Producer: “Fernando, I don’t know if you know what that 39.9 converts to but that’s 103.8 Fahrenheit. That’s dangerously high.

Medic: “We have to get him cooled down, now!”

Narrator: “If Fernando’s core temperature is not reduced in time, it could lead to brain damage. Immersing him in cold water is the only emergency resource the medics have in this environment.”

Samantha: “I’m really worried. I dunno if he’s gonna make it.”

Narrator: “Fernando’s temperature has been reduced, for now, and medics return him to camp.”

Fernando: “The medics just told me that if my temperature hits… 104 again, they’re pulling me out from this challenge.”

Samantha: “You’ll make it.”

Samantha: “If I had to be out here by myself, I don’t even know if survival would be possible. Without Fernando, I can’t do it… I can’t do it.”


Proposed Names

-4% (2)
Recognized by sight
50% (5)
Recognized by sight: a lepiotoid
-14% (2)
Recognized by sight: Acutely expanded cobwebby ring zone
53% (1)
Recognized by sight

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Add Comment
By: Jimmie Veitch (jimmiev)
2018-01-04 18:27:02 CST (-0600)

I see a relatively long, tapered stipe. Stature, clustered growth habit, colors, and location seem good for Termitomyces. Dirt on the pileal discs is also a good indicator that the fbs started to develop underground before pushing through.

bold ID
By: Danny Newman (myxomop)
2018-01-04 17:19:00 CST (-0600)

jimmiev. i don’t see termitaria or long radiating stipes. what makes you say Termitomyces?

By: Rocky Houghtby
2014-10-23 22:36:12 CDT (-0500)

Poisoning seems likely.

Sounds like…
By: Byrain
2014-10-23 22:32:59 CDT (-0500)

it was staged or that he was sick from another source, like the water he drank?

Don’t know, Rocky
By: Danny Newman (myxomop)
2014-10-23 18:00:44 CDT (-0500)

There’s not much here that adds up, like respiratory failure listed among the symptoms of generic mushroom poisoning, or how dude started feeling ill moments after chomping away, or the high fever with no gastrointestinal distress, or what in the world girl meant by “we’ll just have to take a look” when asked by dude “are these all edible?”

By: Rocky Houghtby
2014-10-21 17:28:24 CDT (-0500)

The producers of the show make no effort to get the mushroom identified? It looks lepiotoid.

By: Tim Sage (T. Sage)
2014-10-21 15:31:20 CDT (-0500)

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