Ready for some fascinating FUNgi biology? These are stinkhorn mushrooms from the Phallaceae family of fungi. Aptly named for their foul-smelling stench and hornlike shape, stinkhorns are gasteroid fungi, meaning they create spores inside their bodies rather than outside like most other mushrooms. Flies are attracted to the stinkhorn’s malodorous and gelatinous spore-containing substance called the gleba, which they feast on then distribute all over the forest floor.
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The stinkhorn mushroom can often be found in tropical areas.