Observation 8456: Akanthomyces Lebert

Dried specimen obtainable with permission from el Herbario Nacional de Bolivia

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Used references: Previous comments (thanks Prof. Hodge) & some internet research (Joey Spatafora’s cordyceps.us)

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By: Danny Newman (myxomop)
2010-01-28 16:41:47 CST (-0500)

Greatly resembles A. pistillariiformis but I won’t be so bold as to assign a species name to an Amazonian Cordyceps anamorph with only this photo and without microscopy.

EDIT: If it is indeed A. pistillariiformis that would make this the anamorph of Cordyceps tuberculata. (http://www.fruit.affrc.go.jp/...tuberc.htm)

host size
By: Danny Newman (myxomop)
2009-05-19 23:39:42 CDT (-0400)

insect host was a moth, about 3 cm long.

By: Jason Hollinger (jason)
2009-05-19 22:39:16 CDT (-0400)

What part is insect and what part is fungus?? (And if someone has time, what is an “anamorph”? And why does it get special distinct generic status?)

good eye!
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2009-05-19 19:58:52 CDT (-0400)

how big was the insect host?

Akanthomyces sp.
By: Kathie Hodge (fungal)
2008-08-10 14:14:18 CDT (-0400)

I believe this is an Akanthomyces species. They are Cordyceps anamorphs, and there are a couple of species that occur on Lepidoptera (adults and larvae). They tend to be pale and a bit lovely.

Cordyceps or Isaria
By: Karl Soop (karlsoop)
2008-07-24 12:18:34 CDT (-0400)

This is the anamorph of a Cordyceps, formally assigned to the genus Isaria. (Perhaps Isaria sinclairii ?)
Fantastic picture!

very nice!
By: Tom Volk (TomVolk)
2008-07-23 12:15:34 CDT (-0400)

Cool fungus. Cordyceps species are soooo weird. Thanks for posting

By: Darvin DeShazer (darv)
2008-07-22 22:07:28 CDT (-0400)

Very strange and nice to see! We have nothing like this in California.

Created: 2008-07-22 17:24:48 CDT (-0400)
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