Meet SpongeBob SquarePants, a New Species of Mushroom


SpongeBob SquarePants doesn’t live in a Pineapple under the sea. It lives in Malaysia. That’s science.

Researchers discovered a new species of mushroom in Sarawak, Malaysia, and because of its spongelike qualities, they named it after SpongeBob SquarePants. The mushroom’s scientific name is Spongiforma squarepantsii.

San Francisco State University’s Dennis Desjardinsaid in a statement:

“It’s just like a sponge with these big hollow holes. When it’s wet and moist and fresh, you can wring water out of it and it will spring back to its original size. Most mushrooms don’t do that.”

National Geographic notes that this is not the first new species named after a cartoon character. A beaked toad discovered in 2010 was named Mr Burns’ Toad, after the Simpson’s character.

[Source: National Geographic]

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