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Hidden Diversity Behind the Zombie-Ant Fungus Ophiocordyceps unilateralis: Four New Species Described from Carpenter Ants in Minas Gerais, Brazil

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Ophiocordyceps camponoti-rufipedis.

a) Single stroma, characteristic of Ophiocordyceps unilateralis sensu lato, with two lateral ascomatal cushions or plates arising from the dorsal pronotum of Camponotus rufipes (the red-legged ant), firmly attached to a leaf vein (bar = 0.8 mm); b) Detail of fertile region showing the immersed to partially erumpent ascomata within the cushions, with the short necks or ostioles visible (bar = 0.4 mm); c) Section through an ascomatal cushion showing the mainly immersed arrangement of ascomata (bar = 150 µm), and detail of asci within chamber (d, bar = 25 µm); e) Asci, clavate in shape and with prominent refractive cap (arrow, bar = 7.5 µm).

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doi: https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0017024.g002