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Parasite three

Observed: 5th October 2010 By: flaxtonflaxton’s reputation in Fungi and Lichensflaxton’s reputation in Fungi and Lichensflaxton’s reputation in Fungi and Lichensflaxton’s reputation in Fungi and Lichensflaxton’s reputation in Fungi and Lichens
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Description:

This final one attacks a fly

Identifications

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Species interactions

No interactions present.

Comments

Blewit Boy's picture

This is definitely...................

This is definitely the darker side of fungi. Thanks for sharing it Malcolm. You must have a keen eye to spot these things.

chris

anonymous spotter's picture

What an interesting post!

I couldn't find a lot of information about this species. It is described by one site as an "imperfect form" of a Cordyceps species.
If you were feeling generous, you could point me at a good reference that I can have a read of!

flaxton's picture

Roger There is not a lot of

Roger
There is not a lot of information available for this. There are bits on the net which you have obviously found. It is thought to be the "imperfect state" of Cordyceps forquignoni
which is described in Dennis "British Ascomycetes" as follows.

Quelet in C.R. Assoc. Fran?. Avanc. Sci. 16th
Sess.: 592 (1887). (PI. XXX C.)
Stromata usually solitary, up to 3.5 cm. high, with a slender stalk,
smooth pale ochraceous, about 0.5 mm. thick, crowned by a subglobose
orange-brown head 1-2 mm. across, finely dotted with the perithecial
ostioles. Perithecia completely immersed, asci narrowly cylindrical,
about 5 n wide; ascospores thread-like, part-spores 11-12 X 2 u ,
On flies. May to August. Not uncommon, especially on the ground in woods, but very
inconspicuous

anonymous spotter's picture

Thanks -

this looks like an interesting subject. I'll have to do a bit of digging!