Observation 213857: Aspergillus sect. Flavi Varga, Frisvad & Samson

When: 2015-08-24

Collection location: Aliso Viejo, California, USA [Click for map]

Who: Kevin Lentz (Subverted)

No specimen available

This fungus started growing on an ant queen I collected that later died. Species of the ant queen is Pogonomyrmex californicus.

Im not really sure on the date I collected the ant or when it died…but the photos are from last night.

Proposed Names

44% (2)
Recognized by sight
Based on microscopic features
46% (2)
Used references: Asked a microbiologist who had worked in a mold lab
54% (1)
Used references: A. T. Speare named A. parasiticus when he observed the fungus sporulating on sugarcane mealy bugs. It’s appearance is so similar to A. flavus both macro & microscopically that often the easiest way to tell them apart is by the toxins they produce. A. parasiticus makes the G aflatoxins and A flavus does not. See- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aspergillus_parasiticus
81% (1)
Used references: Note- Species “can be distinguished from other species (22) in this section based on sequence data and extrolite profiles.” ie visual information alone is insuffient for ID.

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