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Boffins have discovered a strange new type of spongy mushroom in the island rainforests of Borneo and decided to name it Spongiforma squarepantsii in homage to the well-known American cartoon featuring a talking sponge who lives under the sea. S squarepantsii was found by Professor Dennis Desjardin last year, and is a novel …

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Joke

A deadly combination

El Reg and boffins!

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Anonymous Coward

Does it make good eatin'?

Dried, it could be a ready made kids' breakfast cereal. Mustiness might be a deal breaker though

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Anonymous Coward

"a ready made kids' breakfast cereal"

needs to be covered in chocolate first though

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Happy

Pictures or ....

.. well it did :-). Here they are: http://www.sciencenewsblog.com/blog/615112

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Pirate

looks more like

Spongebob's brain than it does Spongebob.

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Trollface

Professors, cognitive dissonance, imagination, humour

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sponge

It turns out that spongy, springy marine organisms had a huge precedent in marine biology prior to the cartoon — and most people would recognise that the cartoon is in fact based on said organisms.

There have been various initiatives for school children to establish the formal names for new species — and knowing this you might think these people were trying to emulate a child's eye view of the world — but they are usually far more imaginative.

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Yes, yes we can all look at Wikipedia

But TFA refers to a new species of fungi not a sponge. It just looks like one, particularly the one in the cartoon.

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Trollface

Pertinence

That's a pertinent aspect of the organism which differentiates it from literal sponges and/or cartoon characters. Pertinent enough to be reflected in said organism's name perhaps?

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But, But...

It's not rectangular!

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Unhappy

Not rectangular

And doesn't wear a huge pair of Y-Fronts.

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Happy

Mushroom Hunters

That's a career choice I'd love to have been told about when I was 15...

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Unhappy

Your mileage may vary.

My supervisor insisted on names referring either to features ("large jaw", "stripey", etc) or to finding location. Not even tributes to relevant or irrelevant people [like him] were allowed. Pfff.

Stupid Victoria cyclids.

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I'm Disappointed....

...That they didn't find it living in a Pineapple under the sea.

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Pint

I miss the 'badgers' icon :(

Did they come up with the name after sampling a few of them, purely for research purposes?

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Anonymous Coward

Who lives under a tree in Borneo?

Spongiforma squarepantsii

Hmm, doesn't scan.

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Happy

Who lives in Borneo under a tree ...

Spongiforma squarepantsii

There you go just read the two i as a long E

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Re: Who lives under a tree in Borneo?

Who lives in Borneo under a tree?

Spongiforma squarepantsii!

Absorbent and orange and porous is he.

Spongiforma squarepantsii!

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Anonymous Coward

Re: Who lives under a tree in Borneo?

Who lives in Borneo under a tree?

Spongiforma squarepantsii!

Absorbent and orange and porous is he.

Spongiforma squarepantsii!

Youngest leader of the Tory Party!

Spongiforma squarepantsii!

(Well, it rhymes)

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Department of Redundancy Department

"hollow holes"

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MrT
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What next...?

TMNsis turtlii - a green fungus that is harder on one side than another - favoured by rats.

Polyporous loganii - a blue and yellow fungus that has hidden barbs which stick out when squeezed

Did they eat an earlier discovery before watching Cartoon Network? Just wait for a bunch of Ben10 mushrooms soon.

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