By Cory Doctorow at 10:11 pm Fri, Jun 15, 2012
This unhappy fellow is a tarantula that has been colonized by cordyceps, a fungus that "invades and eventually replaces the host tissue." Paging Mr Mieville, your subconscious mind is manifesting again.
Tarantula infected with Cordyceps (i.imgur.com)
(via Super Punch)
Unicorn. Chaser. Please.
They had one ready, but the unicorn turned out to have Athletes’ Hoof, ringworm, and boils on its ass.
[looks at ad above] Here.. have a Polio plush.
Between this and Liefeld, I think it’s time for a unicorn chaser.
You know what unicorns really are, don’t you? Horses infected with cordyceps.
You wouldn’t like him to post those pics of your fungal infection, eh Cory? WHAT HAS BOING BOING BECOME?
Cordyceps = nightmare fuel
There is a pretty creepy Puesdopod story where the fungi develops a mutation that can infect humans 252: The Cord.
Good call. Every species has its cord.
This kind of thing horrifies me. What if some day a fungai evolves to grown like this out of someones cheek? Or a puffball growing on someones neck? So horrific.
Fanged hatred bunny would like to note that, while pretty lousy, papilloma virus induced keratinacious carcinomas are quite different from ghastly fungal growths.
Different story, but same ending.
Aw Jeez Antinous..
Actually, people do get fungal infections that are similarly serious. Mucormycosis is a good place to start. Also, we often can treat fungal infections these days so we don’t see them progress to their extremes much. Left alone if the person is unfortunate, they can get really really ugly.
I feel kind of bad for that tarantula.
When I become world dictator, it will be obligatory for any blog mentioning Cordyceps infections to include a link to Attack of the Mushroom People.
looks like the Lectroid ships in Buckaroo Banzai. poor li’l guy.
but a very bad design…
WAIT…. it’s still alive… it’s trying to say something…..
That’s what he gets for being a tarantula.
Now wondering how much one could sell it for to a Chinese herbalist.
There’s also a very good Marc Laidlaw story about the thing in the Vandermeer’s weird fiction anthology; http://weirdfictionreview.com/2012/05/leng/
To get in a Vandermeer anthology, don’t you basically have to write about squid or fungi, anyway?
Not that there’s anything wrong with that. Nor homicidal goat-brained clown-clones brewed in the black-lab of a secret-city, either.
I for one welcome our clingy fungal overlords.
Unlike all the rest of the tarantulas in the world, that is f#ckin scary.
With just a slight change in circumstance, this could make excellent symbiotic camouflage.
This is actually a photo of the Sonoran mimic octopus pretending to be a tarantula infected with cordyceps.
I feel like I should be harvesting this for a potion in skyrim….
Obligatory “I used to be a tarantula like you until cordyceps grew antlers in the knee” comment.
Holy god, please add this to the list of things I never want to know anything further about. Amen.
What I’m trying to say is, “AAAAAAAAAAAAaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!”
You *really* have to wonder about a god that would spend time designing such lovely little things to let loose on his creation, eh fundies?
Only the fundies who aren’t actively drawn to the fact that their god is the most powerful sadist in the universe really have to wonder…
Poor little guy.
Cordyceps is used in Chinese and herbal medicine, and advertised on the web as a mushroom super food. The horn grows where?
I’m quite familiar with cordyceps but this is quite a spectacular photo because of the formation and because I don’t think I’ve seen a tarantula with this growth. Here’s a moth I found years back with a similar fantastic growth:
Also, there’s an entire related group on Flickr is anyone cares to see more:
Sorry but this reminds me so much of John Carpenter’s, “The Thing”. Creepy. I must save this link and image for when someone tells me how kind mother nature is.
They don’t tell you that ‘nature red in tooth and claw’ is for the lucky ones who get to die relatively quickly…
I just looked at my face in the mirror because I knew I had never had this expression on it before. Then I was re-traumatized.
No seriously. Where is the fucking unicorn chaser?
And fucking unicorns would erase this from your mind?
Have you never seen the post-coital female unicorn paralyze her mate and implant the fertilized egg-sac ?
Much less witness those creepy-pointies eating their way free….
> Something is crawling up my leg. I think it’s a Taranshula
I think I hear “A Voice in the Night.”
Is that tarantula still alive???
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