This was one of 18 species of mushrooms called stinkhorns, all in the genus Phallus. This species was Phallus impudicus, common in North America and Europe, also present in parts of Africa. The specific name, impudicus, is derived from the Latin for “shameless” or “immodest.” While most mushrooms rely on wind for dispersal, stinkhorns induce flies to disperse their spores.
By Jeff Mitton My destination was Colonnade Arch, a scenic, buttressed alcove on the rim of the Green River Canyon, west of Canyonlands National Park. I was driving on a 37-mile long dirt road to my campsite, when I noticed something that struck me as odd. A small set of sand dunes south of the […]
Without human disturbance, biocrusts were able to develop fully, covering the steep hillsides and causing them to appear brownish black from a distance. With binoculars (and barely discernible in the accompanying photo) I could see a few narrow game trails near the bottom of the canyon. Mule deer probably cut those game trails.
She is a big spider, with an abdomen about the size of the tip of your thumb, and a full diameter approaching 1.5 inches. Spiders with large abdomens usually strike me as repulsive, but this one has grown on me.
The College of Arts and Sciences proudly announces the new Ketchum Scholars Fund, a source of scholarship support for students in our social-sciences fields. We chose to take advantage of the Ketchum Building remodel, which is well underway, in part because many of our social-sciences departments occupy the building and because it gives donors an exciting opportunity to be a part of something new.
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