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September 14, 2008 / Bo Mackison

Fungi on the Forest Floor

Fungi on the Forest Floor

Fungi on the Forest Floor

These fungi are cool, but I tell you. I am terrible when it comes to trying to identify these things, and fungi are not things you want to mis-identify, so I won’t even try.

I do remember copying this information awhile ago – information about fungi in general that I found fascinating. This is what I saved from one who is more expert than I am:

“Recent DNA analysis indicates that fungi are closer related to animals than to plants. Fungi are so peculiar that they are regarded as neither plant nor animal, but rather their own thing. The divergence of animals and fungi has been estimated as taking place some 965 millions of years ago.” 

If you’d like a general introduction to the world of fungi you can visit the fungus pages at www.backyardnature.net/2fungi.htm

6 Comments

  1. Laurie / Sep 14 2008 9:27 pm

    Beautiful!

    Fascinating info about Fungi being closer to animals than plants. Maybe that’s why the little fairies live under them! 😉

  2. montucky / Sep 14 2008 9:45 pm

    That’s a very pretty shot! I also love to see them but I don’t try to identify any other than the giant puffball and the morel.

  3. amuirin / Sep 14 2008 11:13 pm

    you actually made fungus look pretty.

    That closer to animal thing was kind of mind boggling.

  4. Anna Surface / Sep 15 2008 8:14 am

    Great capture of fungi! Thanks for the info because I had recently shot some photos of yellow fungi growing out of a tree. Tis the season for fungi? Nice post! 🙂

  5. Gandalf / Sep 15 2008 8:15 am

    I guess the question now is animal, vegetable, mineral or fungi? Neat shot.

  6. riancastillo / Sep 16 2008 7:20 pm

    awesome perspective, nice macro shot! 😀

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