When: 2009-01-05

Collection location: Auckland, New Zealand [Click for map]

Who: Michael W (Michael Wallace)

No specimen available

Notes:
This Cordyceps species was found growing from a cicada nymph under some old plastic weed mat that had been pulled up!
I’m not positive about the species, but it resembles images I have seen in a simple guide to New Zealand fungi.

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Images

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Cicada nymph.
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Sporulating structure.
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Mycelium.

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By: Danny Newman (myxomop)
2010-07-02 20:17:13 CDT (-0400)

Isaria sinclairii, the current taxon, does specialize in parasitizing cicada nymphs, but its clavae are yellow-stiped and form apical, white, pulverous branches covered with loads of white spores:

(http://botit.botany.wisc.edu/...)

While there is certainly a host here, and the unfortunate soul does seem to be thoroughly colonized, there do not seem to be formations consistent with I. sinclairii.