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Ophiocordyceps sobolifera (Hill ex Watson) G.H. Sung, J.M. Sung, Hywel-Jones & Spatafora

Taxonomy
Authority: 
(Hill ex Watson) G.H. Sung, J.M. Sung, Hywel-Jones & Spatafora
Citation: 
Studies in Mycology 57: 46.
Classification: 
Ophiocordyceps, Ophiocordycipitaceae, Hypocreales, Hypocreomycetidae, Sordariomycetes, Pezizomycotina, Ascomycota, Fungi
Morphology
Stroma: 

Stromata commonly solitary, often simple, clavate to cylindrical, 20-80 x 2-6 mm, growing from head of cicada nymph.  Fertile area clavate, smoothly continued from stalk, surface smooth or punctate, pale ocherous in color.  Stipe cylindrical, glabrous, tan to ocherous surface, internally white. 

 
Perithecia: 

Perithecia semi-crowded to crowded, perpendicularly immersed, flasked shaped with elongated neck, hyaline, 500-600 x 220-260 um.

 
Asci: 

Asci cylindrical, 300-470 x 5.6-6.5 um, with a globose to semi-globose cap (4.8-5.2 um).

 
Ascospores: 

Ascospores cylindrical, multiseptate, disarticulated into partspores. Partspores hyaline, truncate, 6-13 x 1-1.5 um.

Anamorph
Genus: 
Beauveria
Species: 
sobolifera
Authority: 
Z.Y. Liu, Z.Q. Liang, Whalley, A.Y. Liu & Y.J. Yao
Notes: 

While Liu et al. have reported Beaveria sobolifera as the anamorph of Ophiocordyceps sobolifera, this link has been questioned by current phylogenetic analyses. 

Ecology
Host or Substrate: 

on nymph of cicada (Heteroptera)

Known Distribution: 
China, Cuba, Japan, Korea, Madagascar, Mexico, Sri Lanka
References
Page Author: 
Alisha Owensby