Troglomyces twitteri 

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A new species discovered on Twitter, named after Twitter. A new species has just been discovered — on Twitter. It’s a type of parasitic fungus, which researchers have described in the journal MycoKeys. Its name: Troglomyces twitteri. 

  • Troglomyces twitteri belongs to an order called Laboulbeniales — tiny fungal parasites that attack insects and millipedes. look like tiny larvae. 
  • 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. 
  • Their taxonomic position was identified in detailed studies performed by Roland Thaxter at Harvard University, beginning in 1890. 
  • Thaxter described approximately 1260 species of these fungi (State of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry).
  • Of these, approximately 30 different species attack millipedes (University of Copenhagen). Most of these species were recently identified.
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