The new species Spongiforma squarepantsii has a spongy appearance that reminded scientists of the cartoon character Spongebob Squarepants
Found in Sarawak, Malaysia, S. squarepantsii looks more like a sponge than a mushroom,...
and when squeezed like a sponge, it will bounce back to its normal size and shape, according to ASU.
Overall, "the best guarantee for our own future lies in learning about the rise and fall of other species," ASU's Wheeler added.
"If biodiversity is sustainable, so too, perhaps, are we."