A Beautiful Newfound Fungus Mummifies Its Spider Prey


Deep in eastern Brazil's Atlantic Forest, a team of biologists spotted a fuzzy purple stalk protruding from the leaf litter on the ground. Following the spore-covered body down into the soil, they found a mummified spider swaddled in fungal filaments called hyphae.
One of the mycologists, João Araújo, immediately recognized the purple protrusion as a new, undocumented species…

This story appeared on scientificamerican.com, 2023-09-19.
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