• A new species has just been discovered using a Twitter image and thus has been named as Troglomyces twitteri.
• 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.
Mains Paper 3: Environment
Prelims level: Troglomyces twitteri