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Freaky fungus turns a tarantula into a work of art

tarantula infected with fungus

from facebook/Natural Selection oct 13th

A Red-legged Tarantula infected by Cordyceps fungi.

Cordyceps fungi invades its hosts (mainly arthropods), and eventually replaces the host’s tissue with its own parasitic tissue. Once the arthropod is dead, cylindrical or branching growths emerge from the creature’s dead body. These “fruiting bodies” that sprout out of the dead arthropod then spew out more spores to infect a new host. Some species also have mind-control capabilities, convincing the host to travel to a place where the fungus will find optimal growth conditions before the host dies. Photo: Jorge Jose Fabre/



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