now this is a great story!
robert drewes, a herpetologist from the california academy of sciences, is being immortalized according to the scientific magazine mycologia. the fearless snake wrangler brought his colleague, san francisco state university mushroom expert dennis desjardin, on a trip to the island republic of são tomé and príncipe. during the expedition, desjardin recognized a previously unknown, two-inch long, phallic-looking fungus sprouting from a piece of wood as a new species. to thank drewes (and with drewes’ blessing), desjardin named the new species phallus drewesii (drewes’ phallus) in honor of his longtime friend.
a scientific american article by brendan borrell points out:
Stinkhorns like Phallus drewsii, are found mostly in the tropics and their characteristic shape helps them emit an odor of dung or carrion that attracts flies to disperse their spores. The stinkhorn was one of 225 fungus species that expedition scientists collected during two trips to the region.
drewes told the san jose mercury news:
“I am utterly delighted…The funny thing is that it is the second smallest known mushroom in this genus and it grows sideways, almost limp.”
there is nothing like a scientist with a great sense of humor and profound security in his sexuality. then again, the guy studies huge snakes for a living. i’m sure he’s heard the compensation jokes before.
congratulations to drs. drewes and desjardin on their respective accomplishments.
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