#006: Zombie Ants

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  1. September 8, 2017

    […] In recent years, DNA evidence has dramatically altered how Cordyceps is classified. In 2014, the Golden Thread Cordyceps was moved to its current genus, Typocladium. Before that, belonged to Cordyceps or Elaphocordyceps and many sources still use one of those two names for this fungus.2 Cordyceps has now been broken up into two distinct lineages that are closely related but different enough to be placed in two separate families. Typocladium was assigned to the family Ophiocordycipitaceae, which mostly includes insect pathogenic fungi like the “Zombie Ant” Fungus, Ophiocordyceps unilateralis (FFF#006). […]

  2. March 2, 2018

    […] controls the ants’ actions, infected ants are commonly referred to as “zombie ants” (see FFF#006).  Researchers studying the fungus made a remarkable discovery last year: the fungus doesn’t […]

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