Title: Messengers: Phungaloid Messenger specimen #1 from the Messenger study by Dr. Saint Linger

Date: 2016-02-18

Summary: Phungaloids Plants and animals share a very close relationship, not only because we call the same beautiful planet home, but we have also co-evolved as the world has developed. For instance, it's well understood that humans and animals depend on oxygen to breath, which plants produce through Photosynthesis. In return, photosynthesis requires the carbon dioxide expelled by humans and animals in order to create oxygen. Similarly, certain organisms require the nutrients and sustenance provided by a host in order to grow. Many species of fungus actually thrive and grow directly on the surface of another plant, which could be a bad thing for the plant, but in many cases is beneficial for both the plant and the fungus. These kinds of symbiotic relationships are very common amongst all life on earth, including the Messengers. Phungaloid Messengers are the only Messengers to remain in one location, like a mushroom growing on a tree in the forest. This permanent assignment to a location affords the Phungaloid the opportunity to have great influence over a particular region. The fact that the Phungaloid never leaves its post makes it rather easy to track and anticipate its movements, which is a favorable trait for enemies and predators. However, the Phungaloid Messenger is capable of what could be considered the greatest ability of any Messenger; the power of regeneration. Once a Phungaloid Messenger is posted to its permanent location, its genetic information is linked to every strand of tree and plant DNA within that region. The Phungaloid Messenger can literally be reborn, making it the most prevailing member of the Messenger family. Specimen #1 -June/2003 -Malheur National Forest, Oregon/USA Everyone loves to climb trees. Well maybe not everyone, but I had to climb an incredibly tall tree in order to locate this specimen. In early 2003, I heard news of the largest fungus every recorded carpeting the floor of the Malheur National Forest in the U.S. state of Oregon. Upon hearing this news, I knew there would be Phungaloid Messengers posted to the region. After making the trip and venturing out on a long hike into the forest, I found nothing. I certainly came across the fungus I heard news of covering the forest floor, but not a single Messenger. It was around my third or fourth day in the forest that I realized I was a fool to assume the Phungaloids would post themselves in such an obvious location. Surrounded by an abundance of fungus, where so many enemies would expect to find them, the Phungaloids would be fools to station themselves there. Eventually, I took a deep sigh of exasperation, stared up at the trees and knew exactly where I needed to look. I climbed trees for days. It was around my twentieth climb that I finally spotted this wonderfully complex specimen. Note the perfect peak of the crown and the beautiful pattern of the base. The unique texture on the body of this organism aids in advanced cellular respiration and collection of nourishment. *available through etsy shop. link in bio*

Size: 8.0 x 8.0

Category: Personal