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Observation: Spongiforma squarepantsii Desjardin, Peay & Bruns (69325)
About Spongiforma squarepantsii Desjardin, Peay & Bruns [MyCoPortal]
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Public Description (default) [Edit]
When: 2008-05-23
Collection location: Lambir Hills National Park, Borneo, Sarawak, Malaysia [Click for map] (4.0° 114.0°)
Who: Tom Bruns (pogon)
Herbarium specimen reported

Notes: The photos are actually of two collections. One made on May 25, and one on May 28th, but they came from the very same spot.

Here is a report about it with some quotes from Dennis Desjardin:

“Spongiforma squarepantsii, a new species of gasteroid bolete from Borneo,” was published online on May 10, 2011 in Mycologia

The cover photo is clearly the basis for the name.

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  pogon   91% (2)   Eye3 Eyes3
Recognized by sight: Orangish color, faint fruity odor, and of course the striking resemblance to cartoon character; the smell and color differ from S. thailandica, which has a coal tar odor and is grayish
Used references: This is a newly described species that is coming out in Mycologia.
Based on microscopic features: Almost identical to S. thailandica, only SEM differences in the spores were apparent
Based on chemical features: ITS sequence is very different (~10%) from only other described species

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Eye3 = Observer’s choice Eyes3 = Current consensus
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Created: 2012-04-30 23:10:38 CST (+0800)
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
Summary: milk??? what, this wacky shroom produces latex, too? ;)

great article Tom and Dennis, and way to contact a majority of obsessive field mycologists/Citizen Scientists (is it just me, or is this term just a wee bit smarmy?): writing for M the J (that’s Mushrag to you) and posting to MO: over 3000 MO members and counting, many of whom are likely candidates for contributing to the North American Mycoflora Project.

Clever product placement, Tom! ;)

BTW, your link to the article won’t fully load (although I did read most of it already this past week). I tried from your lab website, too.


Created: 2012-04-27 08:49:06 CST (+0800)
By: Christian (Christian Schwarz)
Summary: Thank God

it wasn’t S. quadrepantelonii.


Created: 2012-04-27 08:43:45 CST (+0800)
By: Tom Bruns (pogon)
Summary: Let’s milk this a little more

Dennis and wrote a little ditty about the species in Mushroom the Journal. You can grab the article here:

This is the reference: Mushroom the Journal 107(28): 55-56, 58-59.

Created: 2011-06-17 10:15:49 CST (+0800)
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
Summary: you boys had a lot of fun with this…

so juvenile, and yet so cool. ;)

plus, a real! live! bizarro fungus!

Mycologia is positively tame after this…unless that really IS the cover photo??! (I have only seen the online, preview version.)


Created: 2011-06-17 09:22:17 CST (+0800)
By: Danny Newman (myxomop)
Summary: super cool

I can’t believe this went unmentioned in the field course.


i must have been shoveling snow. figures.


Created: 2011-06-17 06:32:17 CST (+0800)
By: Alan Rockefeller (Alan Rockefeller)
Summary: SEM

Is it possible to add a SEM image of the hymenophore which is supposed to look like a seafloor covered with tube sponges?


Created: 2011-06-17 02:14:22 CST (+0800)
By: Michael Wood (mykoweb)
Summary: Use a cute name…


Created: 2011-06-17 01:40:13 CST (+0800)
By: Robert Sasata (Sasata)
Summary: Added

… to the Wikipedia article @ Thanks!

Created: 2011-06-17 01:27:27 CST (+0800)
By: H. North (wrongenvelope)
Summary: So cool…

Thanks for sharing!!

Created: 2011-06-17 00:49:46 CST (+0800)
Last modified: 2012-02-04 12:45:08 CST (+0800)
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Copyright © 2008 Mycologia & Desjardin, Peay, Bruns
This is Dennis’ scanning EM of the hymenium the warty spores with the prominent germ pore are mostly what is seen