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Grilo (Cricket)

Family Grillidae


This dead crickt was covered with a tower shaped fungus. Unfortunately I can't tell if this infection started before or after the cricket died. It is possible to see that the fungus attacks the joints, where it can reach the soft internal tissue of the insect.

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Revenge of te Cordyceps!

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 9 years ago


Elsa 9 years ago

Ouch.. nature is brutal sometimes!

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 9 years ago

Mark, your statement surely makes more sense than mine. About the dissection, I don't think this corpse will be there when I go back... Just too many hungry critters looking for a cheap meal around...

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 9 years ago

It might be that the fungus is not attacking the joints but that's where it easily finds it's way out to build fruiting bodies. You must now do a dissection to find out how far it's gone inside. 8-}

MayraSpringmann 9 years ago

Uau!!!! FASCINANTE!!!!!!!!!!! Congrats!

KarenL 9 years ago

Wow, indeed! Definitely one for the mimetic animals mission!

CarolSnowMilne 9 years ago


Sergio Monteiro
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Sergio Monteiro

Morretes, PR, Brazil

Spotted on Jul 12, 2012
Submitted on Jul 13, 2012

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