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Elegant stinkhorn mushroom (Image 2)

Elegant stinkhorn (<em>Mutinus elegans</em>) mushroom

An elegant stinkhorn (Mutinus elegans) mushroom. The foul-smelling, slimy green mass on the upper third of its length contains spores, which flies and other insects feed upon. These insects assist in the dispersal of the spores as they travel elsewhere. (Date image taken: September 2017; date originally posted to NSF Multimedia Gallery: Sept. 20, 2017) [Image 2 of 2 related images. Back to Image 1.]

Credit: Christina Whitcomb/NSF

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