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Poison fire coral, a fungus that’s even nastier than its name suggests, has been spotted for the first time in Australia – the natural home for strange lifeforms that are out to kill you. The bright red Poison Fire Coral fungus was found growing on tree roots by Redlynch fungus photographer Ray Palmer while exploring near Cairns. "The fact that we can find such a distinctive and medically important fungus like Poison Coral Fire Coral right in our backyard shows we have much to learn about fungi in northern Australia," said Dr Barrett. It was found by photographer Ray Palmer while he was exploring a rainforest in Redlynch, in Cairns, North Queensland.He took pictures of the bright orange fungus that allowed experts to identify it.Fungi expert Dr Matt Barrett, from James Cook University in Townsville, said the discovery was the first in Australia.‘Of the hundred or so toxic mushrooms that are known to researchers, this is the only one in which toxins can be absorbed through the skin,’ Dr Barrett said.Touching the Fire Coral fungus can cause dermatitis [reddening and swelling of the skin].Eating the fungus can cause ‘a horrifying array of symptoms’, beginning with stomach pain, vomiting, diarrhea, fever and numbness.The symptoms that follow include the tearing of skin on face, hands and feet, and shrinking of the brain, which causes ‘altered perception, motion difficulties and speech impediments’.It is the only fungus that can infect people by its toxins absorbing through people’s skin, and is believed to the second most deadly in the world.Dr Barrett said the fungus is believed to now be growing naturally in Cairns.Mr Palmer said he knew his discovery was dangerous fungus when he stumbled upon it rooted around ‘a very big, dying tree’.‘I’d like to keep the exact locality secret, because it’s such a dangerous fungus,’ he said.‘It’s in the wild, and it’s in a spot where even the ordinary bushwalker wouldn’t come across it. Podostroma cornu-damae (Japanese: カエンタケ, Hepburn: kaentake), also known the as poison fire coral, is a species of fungus in the family Hypocreaceae. "But we don't really have a very good understanding at all of the fungi in northern Australia," Dr Barrett said. Certainly we’re interested in any more sightings that are made of it.“The fact that we can find such a distinctive and medically important fungus like poison coral right in our backyard shows we have much to learn about fungi in northern Australia.” © 2020 Guardian News & Media Limited or its affiliated companies. Fire corals have a bright yellow-green and brown skeletal covering and are widely distributed in tropical and subtropical waters. It was found by photographer Ray Palmer while he was exploring a rainforest in Redlynch, in Cairns, North Queensland.He took pictures of the bright orange fungus that allowed experts to identify it.Fungi expert Dr Matt Barrett, from James Cook University in Townsville, said the discovery was the first in Australia.‘Of the hundred or so toxic mushrooms that are known to researchers, this is the only one in which toxins can be absorbed through the skin,’ Dr Barrett said.Touching the Fire Coral fungus can cause dermatitis [reddening and swelling of the skin].Eating the fungus can cause ‘a horrifying array of symptoms’, beginning with stomach pain, vomiting, diarrhea, fever and numbness.The symptoms that follow include the tearing of skin on face, hands and feet, and shrinking of the brain, which causes ‘altered perception, motion difficulties and speech impediments’.It is the only fungus that can infect people by its toxins absorbing through people’s skin, and is believed to the second most deadly in the world.Dr Barrett said the fungus is believed to now be growing naturally in Cairns.Mr Palmer said he knew his discovery was dangerous fungus when he stumbled upon it rooted around ‘a very big, dying tree’.‘I’d like to keep the exact locality secret, because it’s such a dangerous fungus,’ he said.‘It’s in the wild, and it’s in a spot where even the ordinary bushwalker wouldn’t come across it. "I love finding the weird and the wonderful as well as the beautiful and Cairns is the ideal place for it." Poison fire coral, the only known fungus whose toxins are absorbed through the skin, found on the outskirts of CairnsOne of the world’s deadliest species of fungus, previously thought native to Japan and Korea, has been found by a photographer on the outskirts of Cairns in northern Australia.Poison fire coral, typically found on tree roots and in the soil, is the only known fungus whose toxins are absorbed through the skin. It’s a very hidden little area.’UK signs another deal for 90,000,000 more potential vaccine dosesLearn how to retrain for a job in health and social careExtremely rare two-headed viper shocks locals in IndiaWhy you need to be thinking about training for your career NOWApple is giving away free AirPods – here’s how to get themAnti-5G group crowdfunds £100,000 to hire superstar lawyer to fight roll-outSunspot the size of Mars turning towards Earth and that could be badBillion-year-old meteorites are being auctioned for astronomical prices A terrifying species of fungus with the ability to kill anyone that touches it has been found in Australia for the first time.The lethal ‘Poison Fire Coral’ fungus has deadly poison that makes people’s brains shrink when it comes into contact with them.It is responsible for numerous deaths in Japan and South Korea and has now been recently discovered in Australia.

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