Tarantula with strange, antler-like fungal appendages


50 Responses to “Tarantula with strange, antler-like fungal appendages”

  1. Katey Corrigan says:

    Unicorn. Chaser. Please.

  2. Crashproof says:

    Between this and Liefeld, I think it’s time for a unicorn chaser.

  3. joeposts says:


    You wouldn’t like him to post those pics of your fungal infection, eh Cory? WHAT HAS BOING BOING BECOME?

  4. Terranex says:

    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.

  5. World Rocker says:

    I feel kind of bad for that tarantula.

  6. smut clyde says:

    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.

  7. noah django says:

    looks like the Lectroid ships in Buckaroo Banzai.  poor li’l guy.

  8. robuluz says:

    WAIT…. it’s still alive… it’s trying to say something…..

    kiiiiillll meeee…..

    *Cue flamethrower*

  9. sean says:

    That’s what he gets for being a tarantula.

  10. smut clyde says:

    Now wondering how much one could sell it for to a Chinese herbalist.

  11. itshugh says:

    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/

    • OtherMichael says:

      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.

  12. vrplumber says:

    I for one welcome our clingy fungal overlords.

  13. cleek says:


  14. Jim Huinink says:

    Unlike all the rest of the tarantulas in the world, that is f#ckin scary.

  15. DewiMorgan says:

    With just a slight change in circumstance, this could make excellent symbiotic camouflage.

    • Rich Keller says:

      This is actually a photo of the Sonoran mimic octopus pretending to be a tarantula infected with cordyceps.

  16. jennybean42 says:

    I feel like I should be harvesting this for a potion in skyrim….

    • Rich Keller says:

      Obligatory “I used to be a tarantula like you until cordyceps grew antlers in the knee” comment.

  17. hassan-i-sabbah says:

    Arachnoid Jackelope.

  18. Clifton says:

    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!”

  19. James Penrose says:

    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?

    • fuzzyfuzzyfungus says:

      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…

  20. PatriciaB says:

    Cordyceps is used in Chinese and herbal medicine, and advertised on the web as a mushroom super food.  The horn grows where?

  21. GatoRanch says:

    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:


  22. Peter Yard says:

    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.

    • fuzzyfuzzyfungus says:

      They don’t tell you that ‘nature red in tooth and claw’ is for the lucky ones who get to die relatively quickly…

  23. tamgoddess says:

    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? 

    • OtherMichael says:

       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….

  24. > Something is crawling up my leg. I think it’s a Taranshula

  25. I think I hear “A Voice in the Night.”

  26. Jessica N. says:

    Is that tarantula still alive???

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