For The Lorax

You do know that it works like this:

Fungus and animals are sister taxa to the exclusion of plants.

This might make the following less scary. Or more scary.

Hat tip: The Lorax. The Lorax is here:

(Warning, that site will make noise when you open it.)


  1. #1 Stephen Moore
    November 18, 2008

    Nature is awesome. How can you not love it?

    Transfer the fungus to humans and that would be a pretty good sci-fi/horror story. And please, let’s hope it would remain only a story. Heebie-jeebies!

  2. #2 Jackal
    November 19, 2008

    Not good to watch over breakfast! Wharf!

  3. #3 Virgil Samms
    November 19, 2008

    Nyuk, nyuk, nyuk! He said “Murshooms.”

  4. #4 Lorax
    November 19, 2008

    Thanks for the props Greg. I teach my students that fungi are genetically more similar to animals than plants, and then ask why mycology is still the bastion of botany depts. Regardless, I have wondered if the music is annoying or otherwise problematic. Mostly it is there for my benefit, but I wonder if I should remove it….

  5. #5 uncle noel
    November 19, 2008

    OK. They’re our brethren. But the scariest quote (Attenborough, n’est pa?) is “The more numerous a species becomes, the more likely it will be attacked by its Nemesis…”.

    We’re pretty numerous.

  6. #6 Greg Laden
    November 19, 2008

    Well, fugni should always be studied in the fungus department!

    Music that turns itself on is always bad. Even when it is good.

  7. #7 Mr.Mom
    November 20, 2008

    In my neck of the woods (VT), every fall a different species of caterpillar gets slaughtered by these kinds of fungus. The fungus somehow makes the caterpillar climb high up (on plants, walls, railings) and then wither to a dry hard husk. Then a grey mold springs out(to spread spores?) They look freakin horrible. But its always a different species, and it seems to relate to population blooms.

  8. #8 Lorax
    November 20, 2008

    Alright, the site doesnt make noise anymore 😛