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nanonaturalist:

arathergrimreaper:

gwenthelumberjane:

sindri42:

fliting:

sindri42:

curiooftheheart:

iamthezubatman:

eggcup:

tilthat:

TIL there is a species of fungus that only exists in Texas and rural Japan, and is thought to have been in both places for 19 million years

via reddit.com

turns people into cowboys or samurais depending on which place you’re in 

That explains why cowboy movies and samurai movies are so similar.

Cowboys are Alolan form Samurai

So in Japan it’s called Kirinomitake while in Texas it’s called either Texas Star (because after releasing spores it’s unfolded into a star shape) or the Devil’s Cigar because it starts out as a long oblong mushroom but then it unfolds with an ominous hissing noise and releases a big smoky black cloud of spores.

It only grows in these two places, and people did genetic testing and a bunch of math to determine that the two populations started diverging from each other nineteen million goddamn years ago, so it’s not possible for humanity to have moved it from one place to the other. They’re at the same latitude, but 11,000 fucking kilometers apart not to mention the goddamn ocean in the way.

“this is only another illustration of the unusual and unpredictable distribution of many species of the fungi. It would be difficult indeed to account for it, and we merely accept the facts as they are.”

So apparently it’s pretty common in the mycological world to find some bullshit that can’t be explained and would probably drive men mad to look at too closely, and just sort of shrug and move on with your day.

The species is also the only example of its genus.

Your daily reminder that anyone who devotes their life to studying fungi is not to be trifled with because their brain is full of things humanity was never supposed to notice.

just fucking mushrooms

@emathevampire

Oh hey fun fact, apparently the sanctuary I do outreach at has these. I haven’t seen them, but the Travis Audubon Outreach Coordinator has photographed them and had them IDed. She was telling me about them a couple weeks ago and I was like WOW I NEED TO FIND ME SOME!!!

In exchange, I told her about the magical super butterfly-attractant Lantana that was off-trail. I swear like 30 species at once on that thing it was redonkulous.

If you’re in Austin, the Blair Woods Sanctuary is open to the public, dawn to dusk. It’s behind The Austin Wildlife Rescue’s intake center. There’s a pond, and two weeks ago it was STILL swarming with dragonflies! Nice little patch of wilderness with some walking trails and rare fungi I guess.

December 12, 2018

Update: Texans, Guess What?

They’re out right now and iNaturalist can tell you exactly where to find them [link]. They have been found within the past couple days in Austin, and within the past week-ish in Dallas-Fort Worth. Looks like this fungi come out in the cooler months between October and April, and they grow on the stumps and rotting roots of Cedar Elms. 

If you look at where these have shown up on iNaturalist historically (if you follow the link, click on the filter button in the top right and get rid of my date filter), and you will see they have a very interesting distribution pattern…

Very interesting

It’s almost like, the spores are in the water or something 😂

December 13, 2018

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arathergrimreaper:

gwenthelumberjane:

sindri42:

fliting:

sindri42:

curiooftheheart:

iamthezubatman:

eggcup:

tilthat:

TIL there is a species of fungus that only exists in Texas and rural Japan, and is thought to have been in both places for 19 million years

via reddit.com

turns people into cowboys or samurais depending on which place you’re in 

That explains why cowboy movies and samurai movies are so similar.

Cowboys are Alolan form Samurai

So in Japan it’s called Kirinomitake while in Texas it’s called either Texas Star (because after releasing spores it’s unfolded into a star shape) or the Devil’s Cigar because it starts out as a long oblong mushroom but then it unfolds with an ominous hissing noise and releases a big smoky black cloud of spores.

It only grows in these two places, and people did genetic testing and a bunch of math to determine that the two populations started diverging from each other nineteen million goddamn years ago, so it’s not possible for humanity to have moved it from one place to the other. They’re at the same latitude, but 11,000 fucking kilometers apart not to mention the goddamn ocean in the way.

“this is only another illustration of the unusual and unpredictable distribution of many species of the fungi. It would be difficult indeed to account for it, and we merely accept the facts as they are.”

So apparently it’s pretty common in the mycological world to find some bullshit that can’t be explained and would probably drive men mad to look at too closely, and just sort of shrug and move on with your day.

The species is also the only example of its genus.

Your daily reminder that anyone who devotes their life to studying fungi is not to be trifled with because their brain is full of things humanity was never supposed to notice.

just fucking mushrooms

@emathevampire

Oh hey fun fact, apparently the sanctuary I do outreach at has these. I haven’t seen them, but the Travis Audubon Outreach Coordinator has photographed them and had them IDed. She was telling me about them a couple weeks ago and I was like WOW I NEED TO FIND ME SOME!!!

In exchange, I told her about the magical super butterfly-attractant Lantana that was off-trail. I swear like 30 species at once on that thing it was redonkulous.

If you’re in Austin, the Blair Woods Sanctuary is open to the public, dawn to dusk. It’s behind The Austin Wildlife Rescue’s intake center. There’s a pond, and two weeks ago it was STILL swarming with dragonflies! Nice little patch of wilderness with some walking trails and rare fungi I guess.

December 12, 2018

We Finally Know What Killed Sea Life in The De…

We Finally Know What Killed Sea Life in The Deadliest Mass Extinction in History:

eartharchives:

Now scientists have demonstrated what obliterated the marine life:
rising temperatures accelerated the metabolisms of ocean creatures,
which increases their oxygen requirements, while simultaneously depleting the oceans of oxygen.

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thebluehue22:

nanonaturalist:

vertiga:

vampiregirl2345:

Vegans of tumblr, listen up. Harvesting agave in the quantities required so you dont have to eat honey is killing mexican long-nosed bats. They feed off the nectar and pollinate the plants. They need the agave. You want to help the environment? Go back to honey. Your liver and thyroid will thank you, as well. Agave is 90% fructose, which can cause a host of issues. Bye.

Beekeeper here! Just wanted to say that the fact that vegans won’t eat honey is very silly. Harvesting honey does not hurt bees. The invention of modern moveable-frame hives means we can remove a selected frame, extract the honey and return it without killing a single bee.

If we destroyed the colony to harvest honey there would be no bees for next year, and beekeepers are incredibly careful to keep their bees healthy and thriving. We take *excess* honey that they don’t need, and it stops the hive from becoming honey-bound, meaning that there’s so much honey the Queen has nowhere to lay eggs. And if the winter is harsher than expected and the remaining honey store runs low, we feed the bees plenty to make sure they survive. We also make sure that pests are controlled, bees are treated for disease, and the hive is weatherproof and in good repair, all things that wild bees struggle with.

Keeping bees in properly managed hives where they don’t starve or die from preventable disease is much better for them than being left to fend for themselves, and they’re far too important to be left alone.

All the fruits and vegetables that vegans *do* eat couldn’t exist without bees, and the hives which pollinate those crops also produce excess honey which the beekeepers can sell to help keep themselves and their hives going.

TLDR: BUY THE HONEY, HELP THE BEES.

Honey-eating vegan here

*waves*

(not here for anti-vegan sentiment btw, but oh man there are very few “vocal” vegans I can tolerate)

Do you look poorly upon meat eaters? D:

Nope! I try my best to go through life treating people with kindness and respect, and what somebody eats is none of my business. Almost all of my friends eat meat (as do all six of my cats, and they get the “good” stuff, ew).

I have found that, besides the specific criticisms about specific practices (like the agave vs honey thing), any discussion/debate about food is highly entangled with heavier topics like social class (veganism is expensive!), social identity (hunting/fishing/farming for example; try coming from a family that made a living in those areas and go vegetarian…), culture (eating meat is what you do to “display wealth”), religion (God said not to! But God said it’s okay!), and the whole thing about humans being omnivores capable of surviving on a wide variety of diets, but that the ecology of the planet is not naturally capable of supporting large numbers of vegetarian humans beyond a very limited region. The only reason it’s an option now is we have completely destroyed the natural habitat to allow widespread crop production.

I get miffed beyond miffed to see click-baity lists of “the grossest foods ever!” And it’s all just… food from Places That Aren’t Here. And usually yeah, it’s meat-based because there are only so many weird things you can do with a vegetable. But usually it’s just racism and I’m not cool with it. I have been the person to defend balut when it came up with a group of classmates and somebody got grossed out (it’s a boiled duck egg that includes the embryo), which was completely inappropriate, because one of the people in that group was from Vietnam, and it was one of her favorite foods, and I FINALLY got to hear a first-hand account of what it was like because, people, the photos that were around at the time were not of balut.

[some feels ahead, unrelated to OP but this is what I meant about the anti-vegan sentiment]

I am 100% for tolerance. I always have been, always will be. Most people have no idea I’m even a vegetarian, and I keep it that way on purpose for a reason. Even before I was a vegetarian, I didn’t like meat. When I was able to correctly identify tuna and fish sandwiches at the ripe old age of 4, I refused to eat seafood ever again. So of course, when it was fish friday for school lunch, I got fish patties thrown at me. Went for reals vegetarian in 1996, cue people picking their pizza toppings off their pizzas and chucking them at me. I didn’t mention the OCD-esque contamination issues I had with meat, did I? The scrub til you bleed thing? Yeah, I couldn’t even eat fake meat until 2001.

Any time somebody found out that I didn’t like to eat something, I had to deal with emotional abuse and interrogation until they got bored or I left. So, I just stopped mentioning it to anybody unless it became immediately pressing and/or unavoidable.

Look, I get that there are a group of really annoying assholes who make a BIG DEAL about letting you know about their superiority complexes. I get that it’s really easy to use the name they use to describe themselves when you refer to them. I just call them peta assholes and get over it.

But damn it guys it still hurts me every damn time I see “vegans [some bullshit]!” For every peta asshole you aim for, you hit who knows how many reasonable non-assholes like me. I thought we had moved beyond making blanket statements to ridicule entire populations of people? Or is it still cool for certain groups of people? Just checking.

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vertiga:

vampiregirl2345:

Vegans of tumblr, listen up. Harvesting agave in the quantities required so you dont have to eat honey is killing mexican long-nosed bats. They feed off the nectar and pollinate the plants. They need the agave. You want to help the environment? Go back to honey. Your liver and thyroid will thank you, as well. Agave is 90% fructose, which can cause a host of issues. Bye.

Beekeeper here! Just wanted to say that the fact that vegans won’t eat honey is very silly. Harvesting honey does not hurt bees. The invention of modern moveable-frame hives means we can remove a selected frame, extract the honey and return it without killing a single bee.

If we destroyed the colony to harvest honey there would be no bees for next year, and beekeepers are incredibly careful to keep their bees healthy and thriving. We take *excess* honey that they don’t need, and it stops the hive from becoming honey-bound, meaning that there’s so much honey the Queen has nowhere to lay eggs. And if the winter is harsher than expected and the remaining honey store runs low, we feed the bees plenty to make sure they survive. We also make sure that pests are controlled, bees are treated for disease, and the hive is weatherproof and in good repair, all things that wild bees struggle with.

Keeping bees in properly managed hives where they don’t starve or die from preventable disease is much better for them than being left to fend for themselves, and they’re far too important to be left alone.

All the fruits and vegetables that vegans *do* eat couldn’t exist without bees, and the hives which pollinate those crops also produce excess honey which the beekeepers can sell to help keep themselves and their hives going.

TLDR: BUY THE HONEY, HELP THE BEES.

Honey-eating vegan here

*waves*

(not here for anti-vegan sentiment btw, but oh man there are very few “vocal” vegans I can tolerate)

The Great Job Hunt 2018 – SciComm Edition

The Great Job Hunt 2018 – SciComm Edition:

nanonaturalist:

franzanth:

Hey all. I originally posted this on twitter but maybe some tumblr folks can benefit from it too. I was job-hunting and found lots of SciComm jobs that don’t really fit me but might be someone else’s perfect match, so I compiled everything in a spreadsheet.

Also, yes, tumblr is still blocked here so I only check it when I need to post. If you have something to say about this spreadsheet (or if you wanna nerd out about sea slugs), I’m on twitter & instagram @franzanth and discord franzanth#8986.

Boosting! 

Oh hey this thing again!

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botanyshitposts:

i know ive talked about how much of a fucking jungle university libraries are on here before but just now i was looking for a book and accidentally stumbled upon three solid bookshelves on a topic that the library database told me didnt exist two months ago and then i spontaneously lost cell phone connection as soon as i got to what i was actually trying to find and only regained it when i left the Book Hoard with my prize and that is exactly the kind of slightly-ominous feel that im talking about 

If anybody ever finds themselves at the University of Texas at Austin, you have to visit the Life Sciences Library [link], which is in the Main building (aka, the Tower). And I’m not talking look around the reading rooms, I’m talking, go into where the books are. At first, you may be profoundly confused, because… you walk in. You are in the main lobby, faced with the front check out desk. You go to the right, and it’s a study atrium. You go to the left, and it’s another study atrium. Where are the books? 

You have to follow the arrows painted on the floor, to go behind the check out desk, through the offices, to the guts of the main building. You have to go down strange, narrow staircases. Half of the books on the shelves are in archaic Cyrillic. You never see another human. You must continue following the arrows on the floor. The numbering on the shelves is not sequential. Time ceases to pass. You never find the book you are looking for. All of the books are written in Chinese. You take the elevator back up to the lobby. There wasn’t an elevator when you entered. The books you check out have not yet been written.

Very surreal experience, I highly recommend it. I legitimately felt like I was in a video game designed by David Lynch. I ended up checking out a book on forensic entomology titled Maggots, Murder, and Men by Dr. Zakaria Erzinçlioglu [link to Google Books preview].

bowelfly: been meaning to draw @flatw00ds‘ bi…

bowelfly:

been meaning to draw @flatw00ds‘ big bad beetlegrub Dom for a while now. all of their forms are extremely good, but i’m contractually obligated to go with the buggiest one.

Does anybody else ever just want to lovingly mouth on large grubs? Like, I kiss my fat caterpillars (so refreshing guys, you have to try it), but I kinda want to nom on big fat wiggly grubs. Luckily (for them and me both, I guess), I have never encountered any notably large ones. But this friend? I feel like they would be safe to nom a little. If they were into that kinda thing.

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allthedamnbirds:

Southern Ground Hornbill Bucorvus leadbeateri #403

Vulnerable

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I’ve seen these babies in the wild! They are endangered! They are AWESOME! They were… on the ground! I was still figuring out how to use my camera, so the photos aren’t the best, but look at these damn birds.

From Liwonde National Park in Malawi, November 2017

that mushroom time lapse post made me think ab…

that mushroom time lapse post made me think about how the sex organs of some fungi look similar to penises and now my mind is blown. like??? why would human sex organs look similar to the sex organs of a mushroom please help

i was actually reading about this in a book the other day (the intro was talking about the penis-like structures of stinkhorns specifically). the answer is….its purely a coincidence. 

for fungi, the goal of a mushroom is to spread their millions of children far and wide. they do this by running into a compatible fungus under the ground and ‘mating’ with them, meaning that they fuse a little and start building the initial fungus structure. when it’s finished, they just inflate the already-finished cells with water, which is why they can sprout up out of nowhere overnight and why they have the ‘inflating’ effect u see in those gifs (note: this doesn’t count for shelf mushrooms and other long-lasting mushroom structures, where the fungi just build a really hearty structure that they grow new layers on each year, but if we’re talking about Dick Fungi then we’re talking more about the ones that sprout from the ground and wilt in a few days/weeks). fun fact, this is what a stinkhorn mushroom looks like before it’s inflated

nervous.jpg. to pick the above image apart a little, stinkhorns work by having a coat of sticky, smelly substance full of spores coating their very-nsfw-ish caps that attracts insects to carry it off into the sunset. in this pic, the outer layer is a protective covering that the mushroom breaks through, the brownish jelly stuff just inside that is the spore substance that coats the mushroom, the greenish layer forms the actual head of the mushroom, and the white layer forms the stalk. this is easier to see when u look at an inflated one (that in this case has a lot of the spore goop already eaten off): 

this is an especially lewd patch with one inflated and two uninflated. its just very unfortunate lmao, like….really unfortunate in this case holy shit

anyway, the resulting structure- which spits spores that are the sexual result of the two fungi mating- is apparently just functional. if you want to spread your spores, you want to be high enough off the ground for the wind to carry them off or for bugs to see it or for water to hit it or w/e, so u gotta have a stalk to support the actual spore structure. from there, u just gotta have something to transmit the spores, wether it be by wind or water or w/e, and for whatever reason….they just Look Like That. like thats just…..a very unfortunately highly effective shape, i guess.