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Since July, several sightings of the deadly poison fire coral fungus (Podostroma cornu-damae or kaentake カエンタケ) have been reported in multiple locations across Kanagawa, Chiba, and Fukui. The kaentake ("fire mushroom") contains several trichothecene mycotoxins. It is considered the world's second-deadliest fungal species and the only known fungus whose toxins are absorbed through the skin. They are typically found on tree roots and in the soil. There are documented fatalities caused by the species in Japan and Korea.


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Sightings were reported in Zama Yatoyama Park (座間谷戸山公園) and according to a TBS report this morning in Sagamihara Kita Park (相模原北公園).


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Found this one last week while walking the dog. Though most likely not poisonous, I would have never touched or dipped it into my sake. ☺️
 
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