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Metacordyceps taii (Z.Q. Liang & A.Y. Liu) G.H. Sung, J.M. Sung, Hywel-Jones & Spatafora 1991

Taxonomy
Authority: 
(Z.Q. Liang & A.Y. Liu) G.H. Sung, J.M. Sung, Hywel-Jones & Spatafora
Citation: 
Studies in Mycology 57: 35.
Classification: 
Metacordyceps, Clavicipitaceae, Hypocreales, Hypocreomycetidae, Sordariomycetes, Pezizomycotina, Ascomycota, Fungi
Type Specimen: 
SGA C88-601
Type Locality: 
Du-Yun, Guizhou Province, China
Morphology
Stroma: 

Stramata solitary or several, clavata, simple or branched. usually fruite body arising from head of infected Lepidoptera larvae, 25-45 x 2-3 mm. Stipe yellow-green, curved, cylindrical . Fertile area cylindrical, yellow-green, 20-35 x 2-5 mm, differentiation from stipe. Stramata and host superficies always covered mycelium.

 
Perithecia: 

Loosely immersed, oblique with a curved neck, ampuliform, 767-940 x 247-354 um.

Asci: 

Asci hyaline, cylindrical, 305-480 x 3.5-4.5 um, possessing a prominent apical cap, 1.8-2.4 x 3-3.5 um.

Ascospores: 

Ascospores filiform, hyaline, fragmenting into part-spores. Partspores long, 21-29 x 1-1.4 um.

Anamorph
Genus: 
Metarhizium
Species: 
anisopliae var. anisopliae
Authority: 
(Metschn.) Sorokin
Notes: 

Conidiogenous cells on primary phialides. Phialides cylindrical, 7.8-9.6 x 2.5-3.0 um.

Ecology
Host or Substrate: 

larvae of  Lepidoptera

Known Distribution: 
China
Notes
Specimens Examined: 

SGA  88-601   SGAC 2905

References
Page Author: 
Mingjun Chen, Gi-Ho Sung, Ryan Kepler