Observation 64737: Metacordyceps martialis (Speg.) Kepler, G-.H. Sung & Spatafora

When: 2010-07-26

Collection location: Cerro Amigo, Monteverde, Costa Rica [Click for map]

Who: Christian (Christian Schwarz)

No specimen available

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By: Danny Newman (myxomop)
2016-09-06 16:48:05 -03 (-0300)

there appear to be about as many references listing M. martialis as occuring on lepidopteran hosts as coleopteran ones.


- Atlas of Entomopathogenic Fungi of Taiwan pg. 60
- http://cordyceps.us/species/metacordyceps/martialis
- Kepler, R.; Sung, G.H.; Ban, S.; Nakagiri, A.; Chen, M.J.; Huang, B.; Li, Z.Z.; Spatafora, J.W. 2012. New teleomorph combinations in the entomopathogenic genus Metacordyceps. Mycologia. 104(1):182-197 (pg. 192 & 195)


- Atlas of Entomopathogenic Fungi (pg. 60)
- Spegazzini, C. 1889. Fungi Puiggariani. Pugillus 1. Boletín de la Academia Nacional de Ciencias en Córdoba. 11(4):381-622 (pg. 535)
– Mains, E.B. 1958. North American entomogenous species of Cordyceps. Mycologia. 50:169-222 (pg. 174)

this passage from pg. 54 of Mains, E.B. 1959. Cordyceps species. Bulletin of the Torrey Botanical Club. 86:46-58 seems relevant:

C. submilitaris was described by Hennings as on sphinx caterpillars (Lepidoptera). The collector, A. Moller (1901), has stated that the species occurred on beetle larvae (Coleoptera). C. submilitaris is a synonym of C. martialis Speg. which is fairly common in the American Tropics on large coleopterous larvae. It has orange to cinnabar stromata usually attached by orange or red rhizomorphs to larvae covered by a red mycelium. The color is retained in dried specimens. The Teng specimens differs principally in being directly attached to lepidopterous larvae without a mycelial covering and drying to a yellowish brown color. It may be C. cinnabarina Petch from Madagascar which Petch (1933b) has stated is very similar to C. submilitaris

where does that leave Neotropical Metacordyceps/Metarhizium spp. like these?

this is incredible.
By: Richard Kneal (bloodworm)
2014-02-02 13:32:32 -03 (-0300)

never saw it before.

By: Danny Newman (myxomop)
2014-01-24 12:51:12 -03 (-0300)

lists Lepidoptera as the host for this sp.


By: Christian (Christian Schwarz)
2014-01-24 12:39:38 -03 (-0300)
what is the host?
By: Danny Newman (myxomop)
2014-01-24 08:08:18 -03 (-0300)

larvae of Coleoptera or Lepidoptera?

By: walt sturgeon (Mycowalt)
2013-02-15 14:32:14 -03 (-0300)
Nothing like
By: Danny Newman (myxomop)
2011-03-26 23:22:44 -03 (-0300)

jungle entomopathogens to get the jealousy glands a-swelling.

Spring breaking or collecting for UCSC?

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