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Cordyceps fungus growing out of unknown ant - Camponotus

Cordyceps fungus growing out of unknown ant - Camponotus
Pearl River Wildlife Management Area, Mississippi, USA
August 11, 2008
Size: ~10mm

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Cordyceps fungus growing out of unknown ant - Camponotus Cordyceps fungus growing out of unknown ant - Camponotus

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Ant is Camponotus, but hard to say which one in its mycotic condition!

 
C. castaneus?
Could be a C. castaneus -- I find both C. castaneus and C. americanus ants infected with Ophiocordyceps here in upstate SC.

 
ophiocordyceps
It is castaneus for sure, there is an area of forest where i live that is absolutely littered with zombie ants. All of them are on castaneus. May i ask where these pic were taken?

 
This specimen...
I have found ant-mushrooms in many of the swampy forests around New Orleans. This one came from the Honey Island Swamp, which is on the border between Louisiana and Mississippi.

 
right
This one is C. castaneus. I have C. americanus and one other species of Camponotus infected here as well. This is in Donalds, SC and I've been working with David P Hughes, Ophiocordyceps expert, and crew for the last several years on my land here. It has been a lot of fun.

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