Laboulbeniales fungi,    - 1310061

Laboulbeniales fungi

Descriptor: Infestation
Description: The organisms attached to the beetle are Laboulbeniales fungi. Individually a lot of them look like little baseball bats or have similar but more complex structures and usually they occur as a small clump growing out of the integument of the organism. They live on beetles and a lot of other insects. Generally they are nonpathogenic and the insects just tolerate them. The fungi derive nourishment from the beetle by attaching to the integument and do not extend into the internal organs.
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Name: Jim Occi
Organization: BugPics
Country: United States

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Image uploaded on Wednesday, October 01, 2003
Image Information last updated on Wednesday, March 09, 2005