Observation 78021: Ophiocordyceps lloydii (H.S. Fawc.) G.H. Sung, J.M. Sung, Hywel-Jones & Spatafora

When: 2011-10-04

Collection location: Charapa, Lago Agrio, Sucumbíos, Ecuador [Click for map]

Who: m szro (Szro)

No specimen available

This species of small, yellow Cordyceps was found growing on this same species of plant three times.
Pictures are part of an undergraduate ecological survey documenting species biodiversity in aged petroleum waste pits.

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Recognized by sight: The species name escapes me, but the two facing stromata are familiar and possibly diagnostic.

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Curious plant.
By: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)
2011-10-11 11:59:54 PDT (-0700)

Can’t see enough of the plant to be certain, but looks like the underside of milkweed.

By: Danny Newman (myxomop)
2011-10-11 10:55:59 PDT (-0700)

is a similar habit also on an ant host, but it is without identification from its photographer:

for basic macromorphological comparisons, this flickr group (the source of the above image) is one of the best resources I know of for color photos of entomopathogens

I’ll page through Shimizu when I get home and see if there any rough matches in the color plates.

Excellent photo.
By: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)
2011-10-11 02:50:36 PDT (-0700)

Not apparently growing on a plant, but on an ant I think. Some Cordyceps and related species may be species specific for hosts, so more photos of host may be helpful.

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