Spider Corpse with Fungus

14mm long | July 5, 2011 | Victorio Siqueroli Park, Uberlandia, Minas Gerais, Brazil

Can you spot the spider corpse here? Looks like it succumbed to some sort of fungal infection. Fungi are quite diverse and I don’t recall ever seeing one quite like this one. Here’s a closer view.

Closeup of fungus

I suspect that webbing is probably from the spider itself. It probably was hiding inside a silken retreat when it died.

Side view

Would the fungus properly be called an arachnopathogen? I think so but there’s practically no hits when I search for that term.

I did find a photo with a similar looking fungus on BugGuide though. Sadly, no info on the identity of the fungus. It’s neat to see that the photo was taken not too far from where I live though.

Am I the only one that wonders if I should be wearing a surgical mask when I get close to something like this?

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6 Responses to Spider Corpse with Fungus

  1. Am I the only one that wonders if I should be wearing a surgical mask when I get close to something like this?

    Only if you have book lungs.

  2. Ron Bronckers says:

    I am no expert on entomopathogenic fungi but this probably is a Gibellula species. They are renown to infect spiders.
    Beautiful pictures!

  3. Amy Garcia says:

    Wow! Amazing photos all over the place, love the site, I am currently obsessed with spiders being attacked by fungus since I stumbled on a pic looking up ant-imitating spiders. My daughter and I saw our first one today, so I can relate to your story about finding them in the park. Fascimating creatures! But the fungus-crusted spiders take the cake. Ewwwwwwwwww…..aaaaaawesome!
    And I personally would worry if wearing a mask didn’t at least cross your mind a few times!

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