Sunday, October 7, 2012

Is There A Bright New Fungus Among Us?

Is There A Bright New Fungus Among Us?, These bioluminescent mushrooms are one of the unusual new species found in Borneo. Glowing Mushrooms, Stalk-Eyed Bugs & Plant Toilet Found in Borneo, A recent expedition to the island of Borneo in Southeast Asia turned up some trippy species: bioluminescent mushrooms, stalk-eyed flies, jumping spiders and a pitcher plant that doubles as a toilet for small animals.

"It has been a successful expedition," team leader Menno Schilthuizen, of Naturalis Biodiversity Center in the Netherlands, said in a statement. "A lot of material has been collected Now the next phase will start, namely DNA research into the relationships."

The team of Dutch and Malaysian researchers aimed to investigate the biodiversity around Mount Kinabalu, Borneo's highest point, and they say they've collected some 3,500 DNA samples of more than 1,400 species of plants, fungi and animals. Of these, they've identified about 160 species previously unknown to science, inlcuding spiders, mushrooms, beetles, snails, damselflies, ferns, termites and possibly a frog.

The scientists won't publish their finds until next year, but they described this part of Borneo as an "El Dorado" for fungi experts.


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