Elaphocordyceps paradoxa (Kobayasi) G.H. Sung, J.M. Sung & Spatafora

Taxonomy
Authority: 
(Kobayasi) G.H. Sung, J.M. Sung & Spatafora
Citation: 
Studies in Mycology 57: 37.
Classification: 
Elaphocordyceps, Ophiocordycipitaceae, Hypocreales, Hypocreomycetidae, Sordariomycetes, Pezizomycotina, Ascomycota, Fungi
Type Locality: 
Honsyu in the western half of modern Aichi prefecture, Japan
Morphology
Stroma: 

Stromata solitary, simple, firm and fleshy, 40-90 mm in length, arising from rhizomorph connected to nymph of cicada.  Fertile area oblong to clavate, distinct from stipe, with ostiola somewhat visible.  Stipe 20-55 mm long, pale ocher to dark olive in color. 

 
Perithecia: 

Perithecia densely, ordinally immersed, ovoid, hyaline, 550-700 x 280-350 um. 

Asci: 

Asci cylindric, 330-400 x 6-7.5 um, with somewhat large (4-5 um diameter) ascus cap. 

Ascospores: 

Breaking into partspores which are short, cylindric, truncate at both ends, and 3-5 x 1.5-2 um. 

Ecology
Host or Substrate: 

on nymph of Platypleura kaempferi cicada (Hemiptera)

Known Distribution: 
Japan, Korea
References
Page Author: 
Alisha Owensby