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8 Types of mushrooms that look a lot like alien creatures

he mushroom world is as fascinating as it is complex: the interest goes far beyond the declination in the culinary field, resulting in a very different kingdom from the human one. There are such strange types as to resemble alien creatures ; mushrooms that "bleed", which show a dense hair, others with colors so garish that they seem artificial. We wanted to gather in this article some of the most curious mushrooms that exist on the planet.

Bilious tooth, Hydnellum peckii

8 Types of mushrooms that look a lot like alien creatures
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The name describes all its characteristics; its shape is very reminiscent of an extracted molarand, as if this were not enough to make it creepy, an intense red liquid substance raises the surface of the younger specimens. 

credit: third party image reference This fungus is found in North America and Europe; it is not poisonous, but its bitter taste makes it not edible. 

Amethyst agaric - Laccaria amethystina

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This mushroom has an intense purple color when the specimens are very young:

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over time the purple becomes less bright. Also this fungus is theoretically edible, but not recommended due to the accumulation of arsenic that may occur. 

Gyromitra esculenta

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This strange mushroom has a hair that looks a lot like a brain . It is a very poisonous species, although in some places in the world (in the Scandinavian countries, for example) it is considered a delicacy. According to one study, it is responsible for 23% of fungi deaths each year. 

Monkey head - Hericium erinaceus

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The names with which this mushroom is known are so many: among these there is a lion 's mane or a monkey's head. It grows on hard woods and has very long "spines": it is an edible fungus, particularly used in medicine. 

Lactarius indigo

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The characteristic blue coloring of the mushroom is a latex released when it is broken. With exposure to air the color takes on greenish tones. Lactarius indigo is an edible mushroom.

Lantern mushroom - Clathrus ruber

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This mushroom has a concave shape that is very reminiscent of a lantern . If someone can appear gracious, the smell will change his mind: according to who smelled it is similar to that emitted by a body rotting, perceptible even meters away.

Phallus indusiatus

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One of the many names with which this mushroom is known is "veiled dama" : in fact, the network structure of the mushroom looks very much like an embroidered veil. It is a good mushroom to eat, very used in Chinese cuisine . The mushroom "skirt" is a strategy to spread the spores : the animals that get stuck help to disperse them trying to extricate themselves. 

Mycena chlorophos

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These fungi are bioluminescent , in the sense that they convert into energy the energy emitted by some chemical reactions that take place inside them. The brightness reaches its maximum peak in the arc of the day following the opening of the cap and when the outside temperature is around 27 ° C.

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