Troglomyces twitteri

• A new species has just been discovered using a Twitter image and thus has been named as Troglomyces twitteri.

About:

• Troglomyces twitteri is a type of parasitic fungus.

• It belongs to an order called Laboulbeniales — tiny fungal parasites that attack insects and millipedes. These fungi live on the outside of host organisms; in this case, on the reproductive organs of millipedes.

• Laboulbeniales were first discovered in the middle of the 19th century.

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Mains Paper 3: Environment

Prelims level: Troglomyces twitteri

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