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Collembola being devoured by hyphae

 
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Ken Ramos



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 21, 2017 3:42 pm    Post subject: Collembola being devoured by hyphae Reply with quote

Indeed not the most clear or detailed image but one that I have never seen, though often I have read of fungi preying on microorganisms and small insects. Maybe if I had some stacking software but then again, if a grasshopper had a tail gunner, crows would leave it alone, ya think?



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The Springtail struggled for a bit of time before giving in to the, I can only suppose or imagine, digestive enzymes being produced by the fungi. The only thing I could think of being worse would be that of being digested alive by a land planarian.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 22, 2017 6:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Interesting, but maybe the springtail was already dying or something?
It seems unlikely to me that the fungus killed it considering the collembola's size and protective cuticle.

I think Frans Janssens, the guy behind http://www.collembola.org/ , might be interested to see this.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 23, 2017 4:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

interesting picture,

Just followed the link.http://www.collembola.org/
what an interesting site on collembola.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 24, 2017 6:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

kit1980 wrote:
Interesting, but maybe the springtail was already dying or something?
It seems unlikely to me that the fungus killed it considering the collembola's size and protective cuticle.

I think Frans Janssens, the guy behind http://www.collembola.org/ , might be interested to see this.


It is hard to see in the photograph but the hyphae have began forming a cocoon so to speak, around the struggling springtail. However, you may also be right in saying that the springtail may be suffering from something entirely different from the fungus. I can only speculate on what I have read about some fungi being able to digest small insects and protists by means of a haustorium.
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