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Omphalotus nidiformis

Bioluminescent fungi Omphalotus nidiformis. For some fungi, a bioluminescent glow is like a neon advertising sign. The glow attracts insects that feed on the fungi and in turn spread its spores around, allowing them to reproduce. This bioluminescent fungi gets its glow from an enzyme called luciferase — the very same way luminous fireflies glow.

© Ray Kearney Sydney University

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