Name: Cordyceps militaris (L.) Fr.
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Rank: Species

Status: Accepted

Name: Cordyceps militaris

Author: (L.) Fr.

Citation: Observ. mycol. (Havniae) 2: 317 (cancellans) (1818)

Notes on Taxonomy: [Edit]

Collected by : H.A. van der Aa
Collectors number : 2244
Collection date : 16/09/1970
Country (state) : Germany

Location details : Eifel, Rom near Gerolstein
Substrate details : op poppen van insecten

Basionym: Clavaria militaris L. 1753

Brief Description:

Parasitic ascomycete that infects moth and butterfly pupae.

Orange club-like fungus, grows to be between 8-10cm tall and .5 cm wide (A). The tip of the fruiting body is finely dotted with bright orange-red perithecia. The fruiting body emerges from buried pupa or larva, protruding from between the segments of the insect exoskeleton. Either simple stalk or branched at the base. Cross-section reveals pale, hollowed interior ( C).

Very long asci, between 300-510 microns, about 4 microns wide.

The ascospores are thread-like, colorless, and segmented, about 3.5-6 × 1- 1.5 microns. These break into segments under nutrient-poor conditions, which then germinate to produce secondary conidia. (E)

Mating type: C. militaris is considered to be heterothallic (E). However, certain C. militaris strains can form sterile fruiting bodies without an opposite mating-type. This is an unusual finding among ascomycetes (E).

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