alexa A Mid-Cretaceous Ectoparasitic Fungus, Spheciophila adercia gen et sp. nov., Attached to a Wasp in Myanmar Amber
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A Mid-Cretaceous Ectoparasitic Fungus, Spheciophila adercia gen et sp. nov., Attached to a Wasp in Myanmar Amber

George Poinar Jr*

Department of Integrative Biology, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR, 97331 USA

*Corresponding Author:
George Poinar Jr.
Department of Integrative Biology
Oregon State University, Corvallis
OR, 97331 USA
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Received date: October 24, 2016; Accepted date: November 21, 2016; Published date: November 29, 2016

Citation: Poinar Jr G (2016) A Mid-Cretaceous Ectoparasitic Fungus, Spheciophila adercia gen et sp. nov., Attached to a Wasp in Myanmar Amber. Fungal Genom Biol 6:145. doi:10.4172/2165-8056.1000145

Copyright: © 2016 Poinar Jr G. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

 

Abstract

A mid-Cretaceous ectoparasitic fungus in Myanmar amber is described as Spheciophila adercia gen. et sp. nov. in the new Family Spheciophilaceae fam. nov. While the specimen shares an ectoparasitic habit with representatives of the Laboulbeniales, morphological and behavioral features are not consistent with members of that group. The fossil is attached to the abdominal tergite of a primitive wasp. Its presence establishes a unique lineage of ectoparasitic insect fungi in the mid-Cretaceous. The present paper describes this interesting fossil, which adds to the diversity of ectoparasitic fungi and their insect hosts some 100 mya.

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