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Ant Parasite Fungus

Description:

A Giant Forest Ant (Camponotus gigas) found dead killed by parasites. The culprit is a type of parasitic fungi that preys on insects, Ophiocordyceps sp. This fungi species may only be specialized in growing on this particular ant species. Ants parasitized by this kind of fungus will climb to the edge of a leaf before dying, this is so that the fungi spores can spread further.

Habitat:

Found on a tip of a leaf in Tawau Hills Park, Tawau, Sabah, Malaysia.

Notes:

>>>Map accuracy: 1000m diameter. Dan's spotting of it http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/234...


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Comments

Tukup
Tukup 10 months ago

Cool ChunXingWong. I appreciate the effort you put into a write-up about your spottings. Thank you for sharing the fotos and some knowledge about them.

ChunXingWong
Spotted by
ChunXingWong

Tawau, Sabah, Malaysia

Lat: 4.40, Long: 117.89

Spotted on Jan 24, 2014
Submitted on Feb 23, 2015

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