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Clubs/stalks on invertebrates

Overview

 

In the Canberra Nature Map area most of the club-like invertebrate parasites would belong to the genus Cordyceps (or its relatives) and these are known colloquially as Vegetable caterpillars.  A couple of species produce sizeable clubs (over 10 centimetres) but others reach only a centimetres or so in height. A 10x handlens is likely to show you pimples on the upper part of a Cordyceps fruitbody. Each pimple is the apex of an embedded perithecium, a roughly spherical chamber within which you find the spore-producing organs.

 

In many cases the parasitized invertebrate is likely to be out of sight, with the fruitbody seemingly growing from wood or soil.

 

No species currently exist here.

Conservation Level

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Invasiveness

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