By Maggie Koerth-Baker at 12:21 pm Fri, Jun 17, 2011
Meet Spongiforma squarepantsii, a recently identified species of mushroom whimsically named after a certain Porifera who lives in a pineapple under the sea.
Submitterated by lakelady
Absorbent and Yellow and Porous Is He!
qui semper malo pinea sub mari
bibulas et flava rara est
Fabulae si aliquid nautical optes
ergo gutta pavimento extorquebis ut Piscis
Spongo Robertum Quadrato Bracatum
The world is a better place now! :)
My Latin is a bit rusty, but don’t they mean Spongiforma togaquadraticus, or some variation thereof?
Proper names don’t change when you turn them into species. Why it’s squarepantsii instead of squarepantsi, though, I don’t know. Usually it’s only one I, as you can see in this list of celebrity species.
Spongiformi squarepantsii ite domum!
If you eat it is the ensuing experience anything like a visit to Bikini Bottom?
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