Cordyceps

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Cordyceps
2010-08-06 Cordyceps militaris 1.jpg
Cordyceps militaris
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Cordyceps

Fr. (1818)
Type species
Cordyceps militaris
(L.) Fr. (1818)

Cordyceps is a genus of ascomycete fungi (sac fungi) with about 400 species. Most Cordyceps species are parasitoids. They live on and in insects and other arthropods. A few are parasitic on other fungi. The name Cordyceps is taken from the Greek word κορδύλη kordýlē, meaning "club", and the Latin stem -ceps, meaning "head".

The genus has a worldwide distribution. Most of the 400 species which have been described come from Asia Nepal, China, Japan, Bhutan, Korea, Vietnam, and Thailand.[1] Cordyceps species are particularly abundant and diverse in humid temperate and tropical forests.

Ascomycete life cycle
A member of the genus Cordyceps which is parasitic on arthropods. Note the elongated stromata

References[change | change source]

  1. Sung Gi-Ho; et al. (2007). "Phylogenetic classification of Cordyceps and the clavicipitaceous fungi". Stud Mycol. 57 (1): 5–59. doi:10.3114/sim.2007.57.01. PMC 2104736. PMID 18490993.