Unravelling the diversity behind the Ophiocordyceps unilateralis (Ophiocordycipitaceae) complex: Three new species of zombie-ant fungi from the Brazilian Amazon

João P.M. Araújo, Harry C. Evans, David Michael Geiser, William P. Mackay, David Peter Hughes

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Abstract

In tropical forests, one of the most commonly encountered relationships between parasites and insects is that between the fungus Ophiocordyceps (Ophiocordycipitaceae, Hypocreales, Ascomycota) and ants, especially within the tribe Camponotini. Here, we describe three newly discovered host-specific species, Ophiocordyceps camponoti-atricipis, O. camponotibispinosi and O. camponoti-indiani, on Camponotus ants from the central Amazonian region of Brazil, which can readily be separated using morphological traits, in particular the shape and behavior of the ascospores. DNA sequence data support inclusion of these species within the Ophiocordyceps unilateralis complex.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)224-238
Number of pages15
JournalPhytotaxa
Volume220
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 24 2015

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Ophiocordyceps
ant
Formicidae
fungus
new species
fungi
tropical forest
Hypocreales
Camponotus
parasite
insect
ascospores
Amazonia
DNA
Ascomycota
tropical forests
nucleotide sequences
parasites
Brazil
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  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Plant Science

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Unravelling the diversity behind the Ophiocordyceps unilateralis (Ophiocordycipitaceae) complex : Three new species of zombie-ant fungi from the Brazilian Amazon. / Araújo, João P.M.; Evans, Harry C.; Geiser, David Michael; Mackay, William P.; Hughes, David Peter.

In: Phytotaxa, Vol. 220, No. 3, 24.07.2015, p. 224-238.

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