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Phallus Drewesii Fungus:Top New Species

Date:2010-06-04

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http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2010/05/photogalleries/100526-top-10-new-species-2009-pictures/#top-10-new-species-2009-phallus-fungus_20927_600x450.jpg

Photograph courtesy Brian A. Perry, University of Hawaii

This suggestively shaped mushroom was named, with permission, for a distinguished herpetologist with an sense of humor—Robert Drewes of the California Academy of Sciences.

Phallus drewesii, a two-inch-long (five-centimeter-long) species of stinkhorn fungus, was found on the isolated island country of Sâo Tomé and Príncipe off West Africa.

Although it's a newly described species, the fungus shares a common characteristic with other stinkhorns: It emits a foul odor to draw flies, which help spread its spores.