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Dimeromyces ectoparasitic fungi

Dimeromyces ectoparasitic fungi

Dimeromyces reproduces sexually. Its ascospores (spores contained in a sac-like structure called an ascus) land on the termite’s cuticle and sprout a vegetative structure known as a thallus. Subsequently, female and male structures are formed and involved in the development of more ascospores, which are then released to start the cycle again. (Image originally published in Wilson et al, 2021, Annals of the Entomological Society of America)

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