Written by Elouise Haskin
Did you know that there are many kinds of mushrooms out there, ones that aren’t just for eating, poisoning your enemies, or inducing hallucinogenic states? Well, there certainly is! And in this article we aim to introduce you to them! Welcome to the weird and wonderful world of the mushroom corals; or, the Fungiids!
What the Mush Are They All About?
They are a part of the Scleractinian order, containing within it all the reef building (hard) corals. To the untrained eye, mushroom corals can seem a little underwhelming - but that's only to those who haven't given them a chance. Once you've taken them in, you start seeing the reef a whole lot differently! They get their nickname ‘mushroom corals’ by the visual similarities of terrestrial mushrooms and when we compare them to the rest of the structurally complex, firmly attached, and often aesthetically pleasing hard coral they may appear somewhat simplistic and, let’s be honest; easy to overlook. Today we hope to change your mind, and plant the seed of interest for this fascinating group of animals. So, let’s delve into the life of a mushroom coral.