Episode 4: Splitgill mushroom

Hannah teaches Elizabeth and Ilana about fungal basics and then the discovery, appearance, ecology and queerness of the pale-gilled shelf fungus found on decaying wood around the world. Hint: they take biological sexes to the next level and beyond!

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Species introduction: 1:05

Overview of fungi: 3:34

Splitgill mushroom ecology: 22:10

Description of the mushroom’s looks: 33:07

Sex and gender in fungi overall: 38:28

Splitgill genderqueerness: 45:05


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Queerly Natural was created by Ilana Z, Hannah Roden, and Elizabeth Fuhrman. We are biologists fighting queerphobia, promoting underrepresented perspectives, teaching ecology, and helping queer people relate to the diverse organisms we live among on this beautiful planet! Our music is "Lo-Fi Music Guitar (Short Version)" by Migfus20 (https://freesound.org/people/Migfus20/sounds/578131/), licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0.