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Fungi at the forest floor....

Schleierdame (Dictyophora)

The Skirted Stinkhorn (Dictyophora) releases a horrible smelling liquid from its skin. Flies are attracted to it and end up transporting the spores. This trick makes it possible for the fungus to achieve a large dispersal even in the floor area where no wind passes through.  

Von Pilzen befallenes Altholz auf einem Tümpel.

Fallen branches, regardless of whether they are floating in the water or lying in the brush, are immediately overtaken by fungi and decomposed. This happens so fast in this climate that humus never has time to develop.

Von Pilzen befallenes Altholz am Waldboden.

Peru Rainforest Amazon Pachitea Llullapichis Panguana Species Diversity : Pilze am Boden

This is the kingdom of fungi, which present themselves in splendid colors and every shape and size. Ironically enough, it is the most impressive and beautiful of the fungi that one can notice at a distance of several meters by its awful corpse small. It belongs to the stink morels, and is called the Skirted Stinkhorn (Dictyophora sp.). Just a few hours old, it hangs itself under a white veil whose brim grows so fast that one can watch it. Just after reaching the height of its beauty it begins to decay. Fungi are attached to bark, roots and especially in the underwood where they go about their business of creating humus for the rainforest. Many of them begin to decompose themselves just hours after being created. They are immediately surrounded by a swarm of tiny flies and bees, which in turn prove irresistible for other predators. They attract frogs, such as the Allobates femoralis, which belongs to the poison arrow frog (Dendrobatidae), who can easily eat their fill for the day.

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