Ophiocordyceps sp.. A Giant Forest Ant (<i>Camponotus...
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Image #cld1402164
SpeciesOphiocordyceps sp.
LocalitySabah, Malaysia
DescriptionA Giant Forest Ant (Camponotus gigas) has been killed by a parasitic fungus which has consumed its body. Before dying, the behaviour of infected ants is controlled by the fungus, and are directed to climb to a suitable location usually on the underside of a leaf. There the fungus kills its host and produces fruiting bodies which releases spores to infect more ants below. 
Keywordsant | borneo | camponotus | danum | fauna | formicidae | fungi | fungus | hymenoptera | insect | ophiocordycipitaceae | parasite | parasitic | spore

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