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Presence of a buried mammalian carcass indicated by fungal fruiting bodies


Hebeloma vinosophyllum Hongo is a terrestrial agaric originally found in broad-leaved and conifer forests but not described as having any special ecological requirements1. It now seems that this species often fruits where a dead mammal has been buried.

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SAGARA, N. Presence of a buried mammalian carcass indicated by fungal fruiting bodies. Nature 262, 816 (1976).

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