Observation 152164: Ophiocordyceps unilateralis group
When: 2013-09-27
No herbarium specimen

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64% (3)
Eye3
Recognized by sight
Used references: + hyperparasite
85% (1)
Eyes3
Used references: João Araújo

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fascinating
By: Danny Newman (myxomop)
2014-08-10 15:53:35 EDT (-0400)

and perhaps the most impressively complicated mycology paper I’ve ever attempted to read.

Hyperparasite
By: Jimmie Veitch
2014-08-02 20:10:07 EDT (-0400)

Ophiocordyceps unilateralis *species complex
The white fungus is thought to be a hyperparasite with a unique relationship. It might limit the Ophiocordyceps’ spore production and prevent the species from wiping out local host populations too quickly, potentially allowing for increased longevity of the ant pathogen

Source: http://www.plosone.org/...

And thanks for looking into the insect ID, Danny. A friend who works with ants had said something like “too crusty for ID”

host
By: Danny Newman (myxomop)
2014-01-24 06:04:32 EST (-0500)

on Camponotus.

ref: M Hauser, CDFA

These are some really cool photos…
By: Dave W (Dave W)
2013-11-15 16:10:39 EST (-0500)

that appear to show the fungus in several stages.

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