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Ant, Victimized by Fungus : Nature Closeups

Ant, Victimized by Fungus

February 7th, 2011 - 8:50 PM | Filed under Featured Photos | 6 Comments

Ant, 10mm | Fungal stalk, 5mm | January 17, 2011 | Cahuita National Park, Limon Province, Costa Rica

This unfortunate ant fell victim to a fungus, Cordyceps perhaps.

This short sequence from an episode of the Planet Earth series gives a nice introduction to the phenomenon.

6 Responses to “Ant, Victimized by Fungus”

  1. Wow, nice find – and I am again reminded of how amazing BBC and David Attenborough are!

  2. Alex Wild says:

    I’ve learned recently that the ant-attacking Cordyceps are now in the genus Ophiocordyceps, for what it’s worth.

    That’s a great photo.

  3. Vaclav Kautman says:

    Ophiocordyceps lloydii var. lloydii

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