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ant, 1cm, parasitized by a type of fungi, single strand about 2cm tall


tropical forest


I spotted this amazing specimen in Golden Stream Corridor Preserve. I have never seen a parasitic fungus like this. I saw 4 other examples of insects infected with fungi while in Belize.

2 Species ID Suggestions

Ophiocordyceps sp. Ophiocordyceps - Wikipedia
Black carpenter ant
Camponotus pennsylvanicus Black carpenter ant - Wikipedia

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Ornithoptera80 3 years ago

Ophiocordyceps unilateralis.

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 5 years ago

Thanks Sergio!

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 5 years ago

Great photos Dan.

maplemoth662 5 years ago

Your welcome, dandoucette....

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 5 years ago

Thanks Christine, I was thinking Cordyceps sp, unfortunately I do not know the species of ant. Thanks also maple moth.

maplemoth662 5 years ago

Two, remarkable photos, and two, amazing photos....

maplemoth662 5 years ago

Two, very interesting photos....

Christine Y.
Christine Y. 5 years ago

Looks like it could be Cordyceps sp. or Ophiocordyceps sp. They can be host specific - do you know the species of ant?

Dan Doucette
Spotted by
Dan Doucette

Hellgate, Toledo District, Belize

Spotted on Jan 6, 2018
Submitted on Mar 13, 2018

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