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Myrmicinosporidium durum in Poland: a new location for this fungal ant endoparasite and updated world distribution

Gema Trigos Peral, Tomasz Rutkowski, Grzegorz Wojtaszyn and Xavier Espadaler
From the journal Acta Parasitologica


Myrmicinosporidium durum is an enigmatic fungal parasite of ants with an unclear phylogeny and life cycle. Despite the fact that new records of this fungus have been revealed in the last few years; several countries from Eastern Europe still lack such information. With this study, we reveal the most northerly location of this fungus to date and its first record in Poland a contribution to filling the gaps in data about its European distribution. Additionally, we present an updated compilation of the world distribution of M. durum and its host ant species.


We would like to thank Dr. Magdalena Kowalewska-Groszkowska for her exceptional work in taking the SEM photographs and Federico García García for sharing with us his experience with the photographs. We also are grateful to Dr. Alexandra Schrempf and Julia Doris Giehr, who provided us with information about the characteristics of the habitats presented in the survey. Finally; many thanks to an anonymous reviewer for his (her) remarks and suggestions.


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Received: 2017-3-6
Revised: 2017-8-4
Accepted: 2017-8-4
Published Online: 2017-10-15
Published in Print: 2017-12-20

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