The new fungus from Bikini Bottom | Science | guardian.co.uk
What’s round, bright orange, full of holes and resembles a sponge? A newly-discovered fungus that was named SpongeBob SquarePants, Spongiforma squarepantsii, pictured above. But instead of living in a pineapple on the seafloor at Bikini Bottom, the real-life SpongeBob is a terrestrial fungus that lives in rainforests on the tropical island of Borneo. “It’s really like a rubbery sponge with big hollow holes,” said Dennis Desjardin, a professor of ecology and evolution at the San Francisco State University.
Dr Desjardin and his colleagues, Kabir Peay, an assistant professor of plant pathology at the University of Minnesota, and Thomas Bruns, a professor of ecology and evolution at the University of California at Berkeley, co-discovered the new species. The genus name, Spongiforma, refers to the close resemblance of the spherical fruit body to a sea sponge, whilst the specific name, squarepantsii, is the Latinisation of SpongeBob’s SquarePants pictured. The formal description has already been published online in the research journal Mycologia by Dr Desjardin and his colleagues. The print version is in press.
Strange Random SpongeBob Squarepants Quote:
Gary, I’m absorbing his blows like I’m made of some sort of spongy material. – Spongebob Squarepants
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