The first record of Laboulbeniales (Fungi, Ascomycota) on Ants (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) in The Netherlands
By Haelewaters D.

Vol. 4 (3) – 20 June 2012

doi: 10.25664/art-0066

 Open Access


Abstract: Laboulbeniales (Fungi, Ascomycetes) are obligate ectoparasites of arthropods, mostly true insects. 80% of all Laboulbeniales parasitize beetles, 10% flies. Also other groups of insects are known to support Laboulbeniales infections. This paper gives data and microscopic illustrations on Rickia wasmannii from an ant, a Myrmica scabrinodis worker, collected in The Netherlands. It appears to be the first Dutch record of a myrmecophilous fungus. Information on specificity and geographical distribution is given