Cordyceps minuta Kobayasi

Taxonomy
Authority: 
Kobayasi
Citation: 
Kobayasi, Y.; Shimizu, D., 1963, Bulletin of the National Science Museum, Tokyo 6: 294
Classification: 
Cordyceps s. l., Incertae Sedis, Hypocreales, Hypocreomycetidae, Sordariomycetes, Pezizomycotina, Ascomycota, Fungi
Type Locality: 
Mt. Ryogami, Saitama Prefecture, Japan.
Morphology
Stroma: 

Stromata very small, 3-4.5 mm in total height, pale yellowish, arising singly from adult cicada.  Stipe cylindrical, almost equal, curved and twisted, 2-3 x 0.3-0.5 mm, distinctly separate from fertile area.  Fertile part ovoid to globose, 1.2-1.5 x 1-2 mm, mammilate, with sparsely arranged perithecia.

Perithecia: 

Perithecia pseudoimmersed, obliquely arranged, asymetrical, ovoid with ostioles curved upward, 340-400 x 230-290 um,

Asci: 

Asci 120-150 x 3-5 um, apical cap 3 um in diameter.

Ascospores: 

Ascospores disarticulating into partspores.  Partspores thinner than 1 um, 4-6 um in length.

Ecology
Host or Substrate: 

Adult of cicada (Hemiptera).  Reported growing on Oncotympana maculaticollis

Known Distribution: 
Japan
Page Author: 
Alisha Owensby