Sunday 18 July 2010
You've doubtless heard of dung flies and dung beetles, well here's a dung fungus! There are a number of species that grow on dung, some of them difficult to identify, but I'm reasonably certain that this is Psilocybe coprophila. The Psilocybes are also known as "magic mushrooms" for the effect that they have on the person eating them - the term used by the medical profession is "psychoactive". However, whether one would want to eat a fungus grown on such a substrate would presumably depend upon just how much one wanted a "psychoactive" experience!