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This family is one of the most strange in the fungus kingdom. Its members attract insects most often flies, for spore dispersal and to this end they mimic the smell of dung. Soon after hatching, the stench from the stink horn is detected by insects which come to feed on it, and when they leave they carry away spores on theirs bodies and in what they eat, to be deposited later far away from the parent fungus. Snails and slugs also help with spore dispersal.