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Mycol Res. 2007 Apr;111(Pt 4):503-6. Epub 2007 Feb 23.

Evidence of mycoparasitism and hypermycoparasitism in Early Cretaceous amber.

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  • 1Department of Zoology, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR 97331, USA.


Evidence of mycoparasitism and hypermycoparasitism is demonstrated in Early Cretaceous Burmese amber. The agaric, Palaeoagaracites antiquus gen. sp. nov., is parasitized by the mycoparasite, Mycetophagites atrebora gen. sp. nov., which in turn is parasitized by the hyperparasite, Entropezites patricii gen. sp. nov. This discovery shows that sophisticated patterns of fungal parasitism were well developed some 100 Myrago.

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