Laboulbenia formicarum (ascomycota, laboulbeniales) reaches the Mediterranean

J. A. Herraiz, X. Espadaler

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Laboulbeniales (Fungi) are an infrequent find when growing on ants. We report a new host (Lasius neglectus) for Laboulbenia formicarum, which is also a new mycological addition for continental Europe. Heavily infested ants were foraging normally on Tamarix gallica (salt cedar trees) planted along a seaside walk in North-East Spain. The infestation is spatially much extended (540 m), probably because of the supercolonial social structure of the host ant. Workers of eleven additional ant species from the same locality were collected but none were infested.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)449-455
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2007


  • Laboulbenia formicarum
  • Lasius neglectus
  • Supercolony


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