Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Creature 330: Nidulariaceae

Bird's nest fungus

Nidulariaceae is called the bird's nest fungus, because it sort of looks like a birds nest with eggs in it.

The little 'eggs' contain spores which are supposed to be eaten by animals and spread over large 
distances. They get a but of a helping hand when it rains as the cup has a special shape which projects
 the spore packets up to 1 meter away when a raindrop falls in and splashes. Sometimes tiny sticky
 threads will be attached to the spores and will wrap around bits of vegetation which it comes in contact 

Bird's nest fungi - context.jpg

The family is cosmopolitan.

Kingdom: Fungi
Phylum: Basidiomycota
Class: Agaricomycetes
Order: Agaricales
Family: Nidulariaceae

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