Observation 32248: Massospora cicadina Peck

When: 1985-06-18

Collection location: Beaver Creek State Park, East Liverpool, Ohio, USA [Click for map]

Who: walt sturgeon (Mycowalt)

No specimen available

habitat is periodic cicadas

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So much attention
By: walt sturgeon (Mycowalt)
2017-12-07 17:55:53 CST (-0500)

to a 32 year old observation.

Not Massospora
By: William J. Davis (daviswj)
2017-12-07 16:56:46 CST (-0500)

Massospora cicadina forms a mass of spores in the abdomen of a single cicada, and the cicada is alive during the infection. (One way the fungus spreads is by the cicada flying around and trying to mate.) For example: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/6442370

Cicada Pie
By: walt sturgeon (Mycowalt)
2016-02-02 00:03:02 CST (-0500)

Or at least that was my impression as the fungus embalmed several corpses.

By: Danny Newman (myxomop)
2016-02-01 23:57:57 CST (-0500)

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