Cordyceps prolifica Kobayasi

Taxonomy
Authority: 
Kobayasi
Citation: 
Kobayasi, Y.; Shimizu, D., 1963, Bulletin of the National Science Museum, Tokyo 6: 289
Classification: 
Cordyceps s. l., Incertae Sedis, Hypocreales, Hypocreomycetidae, Sordariomycetes, Pezizomycotina, Ascomycota, Fungi
Type Locality: 
Mt. Ryogami, Titibu, Saitama Prefecture, Japan
Morphology
Stroma: 

Stromata often single with lateral parts commonly branching, cylindrical to lanceolate, 50-300 mm,  arising from the head or thorax of cicada nymphs at 50-300 mm soil depth.  Stipe thin and columnar, partially hypogeous, emerging from soil.  Hypogeous part perennial while the epigeous parts (including fertile part) are often deciduous.  Fertile area single to 2 or 3 arranged side by side, ostiola not visible, gray to tan in color.

 
Perithecia: 

Perithecia variously distributed, superficial, ovoid or ellipsoid with truncate base, ash to brown in color, 500-580 x 300-310 um.

Asci: 

Asci cylindrical, 400 x 5-6 um, with apical cap (3.5 um in diameter).

Ascospores: 

Partspores short and cylindric, truncate at both ends.

Ecology
Host or Substrate: 

nymph of Cicada

Known Distribution: 
Japan
References
Page Author: 
Alisha Owensby