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Dog Stinkhorn

Dog Stinkhorn

There’s no polite way of saying it: stinkhorns are gross, and they stink so strongly you usually smell them before you see them. The Dog Stinkhorn spreads its spores, which are present in the slime, by attracting flies and other creatures that like decaying flesh. The slime sticks to the insects, which then transport the spores.   This is quite an advanced method of reproduction, paralleling flowering plants (which didn’t evolve until toward the end of the age of the dinosaurs), the most advanced members of the plant kingdom, which use insects for pollination (not all flowering plants depend on insects — some use less efficient wind pollination). Stinkhorns are too disgusting to eat but they are supposed to be a delicacy in China, once the slime is removed. Stinkhorns are one of nature’s most foul-smelling creations, but they’re nothing compared to decomposing stinkhorns!