Welcome... to the exciting world of the Orange Peel Fungus!

To get in a state of excitement about increasing your knowledge on the Orange Peel Fungus (Aleuria aurantia), check out the following statements...

The Orange Peel Fungus, and the origins of fungi in general, throws scientists for a loop.  For more information on the classification of the Orange Peel Fungus, click here.

Bet you cannot guess how the Orange Peel Fungus got its name!  For more information on the ascocarp (which, by the way, can grow up to 10 centimeters in diameter) and general morphology of the Orange Peel Fungus, click here.

WHAT!? Aleuria aurantia is an organism on your biology scavenger hunt!?...Find out where to find this organism by clicking here!

Guess what!? Unlike other ascomycetes, the Orange Peel Fungus is edible! To find out about other benefits of Aleuria aurantia to organisms and the environment, click here.

Do not underestimate the Orange Peel Fungus...It is highly capable of adapting to its surroundings! (Clickage.)

Compared to other fungi that engage in necrotrophy (parasitism followed by decomposition of tissues) and biotrophy (exploitation of the cells of other organisms), the Orange Peel Fungus has a primitive form of acquiring its nutrients.  Learn more about nutrient acquisition by clicking here!

The cup-shaped ascocarp of the Orange Peel Fungus allows raindrops to splash spores out of the cup.  "How exactly do the spores of Aleuria aurantia form!?" you ask...I dare you to click here.