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Cordyceps fungus

Cordyceps sp.

Description:

Cordyceps is a genus of ascomycete fungi (sac fungi) that includes about 400 identified species and many yet to be described. All Cordyceps species are endoparasitoids, mainly on insects and other arthropods (they are thus entomopathogenic fungi) (Wikipedia)



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21 Comments

Juan DiTrani
Juan DiTrani 6 years ago

Cool!, I love this fungus

agravate
agravate 6 years ago

That really is quite scary. I'm glad that these fungi haven't developed into something that targets humans. Yet.

shebebusynow
shebebusynow 6 years ago

I am absolutely Counting on there not being a human-dwelling Cordyceps. But what was that the BBC special said about "the more numerous the species is, the more likely to be hit with the fungus, keeping them from getting the upper hand"?

RiekoS
RiekoS 6 years ago

I think he should publish his own book.

patty
patty 6 years ago

Have you considered making an exhibition with your spottings? I imagine you did...

patty
patty 6 years ago

Your spottings are beyond imagination Sergio!! I love them!!!!!! =)

ceherzog
ceherzog 6 years ago

wow Sergio...you really keep your eyes open out there!

diego771
diego771 6 years ago

Incredible!

RiekoS
RiekoS 6 years ago

Yasser posted this and it is really scary to watch it.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XuKjBIBBA...

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 6 years ago

Jemma, C.Sydes, Anne Marie, Mayra, Rieko, Phillip, drP, Karen and Harsha, thank you.

Harsha Singh
Harsha Singh 6 years ago

Wow!

KarenL
KarenL 6 years ago

Awesome spotting Sergio!

drP
drP 6 years ago

Great spotting. It's interesting how something that kills like this is scary in a completely different way than a shark or alligator is scary.

Nimbid Ditavi
Nimbid Ditavi 6 years ago

Spectacular Sergio! Awesome captures!

RiekoS
RiekoS 6 years ago

Nice series.
I am truly upset to see this....but this is also a reality.

MayraSpringmann
MayraSpringmann 6 years ago

Wow Sergio! Grande!!!

Really interesting.

Hema
Hema 6 years ago

Wild life is becoming aggressive/assertive. In this case of course the fungus. The beetle has to figure out a way of outsmarting these guys. Maybe produce an enzyme which will dissolve them completely.......

C.Sydes
C.Sydes 6 years ago

creepy, sends shivers down my spine just looking at the photos; great spot though.

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 6 years ago

Yes, Jemma. They control the insect's reactions, that's why these are called zombies. When the fungus is ready to release its spores, it drives the insect to a high place, from where the spores can be taken by the wind and spread over a larger area.

Hema
Hema 6 years ago

Do these take over the brain functions?

Sergio Monteiro
Spotted by
Sergio Monteiro

Curitiba, PR, Brazil

Lat: -25.43, Long: -49.27

Spotted on Apr 10, 2013
Submitted on Apr 10, 2013

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