Indian Forest Services officer Susanta Nanda came across something incredibly odd while making his rounds recently. He took a picture of what looks like a decayed foot, then posted the image on Twitter asking: “Can you identify this animal?” Have a look-see below.
Care to wager a guess? The answer (below the meme) might surprise you!
Turns out this isn’t a foot or even an animal. It’s a fungus called Xylaria polymorpha or, affectionately, “Dead Man’s Fingers”. First Nature explains:
“Dead Man’s Fingers is a very apt common name for this dull-looking species, which usually arises in tufts of three to six fingers that are often bent and give the impression of arthritic black knuckles.”