Melanospora parasitica

Syspastospora parasitica

Syspastospora parasitica is a mycoparasitic fungus. It attacks other fungi, particularly species of Beauveria and Isaria (molds that belong to the family Clavicipitaceae). It parasitizes the mycelium of its host by means of specialized contact cells, and produces dark brown, long-necked perithecia.


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