๐Ÿ„ ๐Ÿธ A Mushroom Sprouting on a Frog ๐Ÿ„๐Ÿธ

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Normally today I would post yet another bizarre animal but I came across a really new interesting case study from the animalia kingdom...where researchers record for the first time a mushroom sprouting from the skin of a frog lmao ๐Ÿ˜‚

They say a picture is worth a thousand words so there you go

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The paper is actually pretty small so there's really not much to say about this case, mostly because the scientists didn't capture the frog for further examination. As a result, this case study creates more questions then it answers.

The frog belonged to the species Hylarana intermedia, commonly known as Rao's Intermediate Golden-backed Frog. The mushroom belongs to the genus Mycena, commonly known as a Bonnet Mushroom.

The frog was spotted in a small roadside pond among a bunch of about 40 individuals of the same species and closer inspection revealed a small mushroom growing on its skin.

Mycologists later identified the mushroom as a species of the Mycena genus, which normally grows on decaying organic matter like dead leaves and not...living animals ๐Ÿ˜‚

How and why this happened is a mystery and also consists the first case of any mushroom growing on a live frog.

The frog appeared to be doing fine and well at that moment. As aforementioned though, the specimen wasn't captured so we really don't know if it was negatively affected in any way. Or maybe it's a common occurrence between these two species..maybe even a form of mutually beneficiary symbiosis? Nobody really knows.

Anyways, a really interesting case study. Here's a link to the original paper. As I said, it's really short and doesn't really add much that I haven't mentioned already.

Ok friends, this is it for today. See you soon with more oddities from mother nature ๐Ÿ˜‚





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This really gives me the willies, the though that there are fungi out there that can invade living organisms and I don't just mean the athletes foot variety.

I see cordyceps sold as a super food, the thought of them sends shivers down my spine, irrational in this case I know, but I have a healthy respect for creatures that make their living by overcoming the defences of another.

A sobering thought is that every single parasite in existence comes from an unbroken line of ancestors that have successfully acquired a host, and then there is me, who may have never encountered them before....I know who I'd give the better odds to.

Cordyceps for food? Where is that lmao ๐Ÿ˜‚ I wouldn't touch it without A LOT of cooking first just in case ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

Rather common place , I see them popping up on my feeds next to the lionsmane and magic mushroom microdosing ..lol!!

"!https://www.amazon.co.uk/cordyceps-coffee/s?k=cordyceps+coffee

It is so wonderful to view these photographs. To be honest I am surprised how you are able to get a clear photos of those frog.

There's so much we haven't learned about this world, so many strange things too. If frogs fed on mushrooms then this one will never go hungry. Interesting find

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Some 60โ€™s leftover was trying a new way to grow his magic mushroomsโ€ฆ.

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That is totally strange

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That is truly strange....party frog bringing his own shrooms?? lol

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Nature will never stop to amuse us. Clearly there is so much out there that has not yet been discovered.Funny and fascinating story.

Yeah I am familiar with cordyceps but that's just a strictly parasitic fungus, not a regular saprophyte like this one which makes this case really unique!

If mushrooms start growing on frogs in my area, I will need to be in good athletic shape to pick them.

Just don't get athlete's foot ๐Ÿ˜‚

Symbiotic relationship you can assume this but why , under which conditions the mushroom is growing on it.

Just a silly guess, no one can really know without studying an actual specimen ๐Ÿธ

Wow! This is so amusing. Nature is full of surprises

Full of wonders and mysteries ๐Ÿ˜Š

It's interesting but I think that can definitely happen in nature. I guess it's a rare case though if nobody else has seen a frog with a mushroom before.

Yeah, and it's just a regular mushroom. It would make sense if it was something parasitic like cordyceps... but no. Just a good ol saprophytic mushroom

He have an external testicule

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You know, I have always said that mushrooms doesn't have any growing station and looking at this frog with that mushroom on its body leaves me with no doubt at all. The mushroom looks much Heather on frog's body though ๐Ÿ˜…

That's so curious... the frog looks clueless ๐Ÿ˜Œ

It's creepy eww

Hhaha when we talk about pathogenic fungi like candidiasis in human we always imagine something like that, a beautiful fructification coming out of our skin! But nope, it is the first time I have seen that type of thing in an animal hehehe interesting. Probably the scientist wasn't trained by a former teacher that always asked us to collect everything in nature lol


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Yeah, the sighting was actually made by an amateur ! It was experts that later confirmed it was just a regular...mushroom normally growing only on dead matter!