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Volume 62, Issue 4


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

Gema Trigos Peral
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  • Museum and Institute of Zoology, Polish Academy of Science, Wilcza 64, 00-679, Warszawa, Poland
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/ Tomasz Rutkowski
  • Natural History Collections, Faculty of Biology, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Umultowska 89, 61-614, Poznań, Poland
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/ Xavier Espadaler
Published Online: 2017-10-15 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ap-2017-0106


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.

Keywords: Myrmicinosporidium durum; fungal parasite; ants; Europe; Solenopsis


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About the article

Received: 2017-03-06

Revised: 2017-08-04

Accepted: 2017-08-04

Published Online: 2017-10-15

Published in Print: 2017-12-20

Citation Information: Acta Parasitologica, Volume 62, Issue 4, Pages 875–879, ISSN (Online) 1896-1851, ISSN (Print) 1230-2821, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ap-2017-0106.

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