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PostPosted: Fri Mar 04, 2011 3:38 pm    Post subject: ZOMBIE ANTS!!!!!! Reply with quote

A stalk of the newfound fungus species Ophiocordyceps camponoti-balzani, grows out of a "zombie" ant's head in a Brazilian rain forest.

Originally thought to be a single species, called Ophiocordyceps unilateralis, the fungus is actually four distinct species—all of which can "mind control" ants—scientists announced Wednesday.

The fungus species can infect an ant, take over its brain, and then kill the insect once it moves to a location ideal for the fungi to grow and spread their spores.

(Related pictures: ""Zombie" Ants Controlled, Decapitated by Flies.")

All four known fungi species live in Brazil's Atlantic rain forest, which is rapidly changing due to climate change and deforestation, said study leader David Hughes, an entomologist at Penn State University.

Hughes and colleagues made the discovery after noticing a wide diversity of fungal growths emerging from ant victims, according to the March 2 study in the journal PLoS ONE.

"It is tempting to speculate that each species of fungus has its own ant species that it is best adapted to attack," Hughes said.

"This potentially means thousands of zombie fungi in tropical forests across the globe await discovery," he said. "We need to ramp up sampling—especially given the perilous state of the environment."
—Matt Kaplan

imagine if they adapted to take over bigger species, like humans O.O
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 04, 2011 5:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh my...I remember hearing about this a while ago. Freaky. O.o
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 04, 2011 6:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I heard parasites in birdie extracts.... Could brain wash a snail, lol
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 04, 2011 9:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I saw documentary about this. It was a fly parasite or something.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 04, 2011 9:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I saw a video about an ant that got a parasite that controlled his brain, making him climb on top of a piece of grass and bit on the tip, hanging off the edge forever. Then a bunny would come to eat it and I forgot what happened to the bunny... it had something to do with snails too. I think the parasite laid eggs in it.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 04, 2011 10:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow o.o There was some sort of fly that would lay its eggs inside an ants brain.And theres a parasite that could control a fish.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 07, 2011 12:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yush there was a snail one, anyone remember the snail's eyes?

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But yeah ant mind controll is freaky we should kill zombie ants O.O
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 11, 2011 2:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I watched something about that on animal planet.A bug develps in there head then they hang at the end of a peice of grass where a rabbit eats them
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 15, 2011 1:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

i've seen a documentary about a parisite controlling a cricket.The parisite made the cricket commit suicide by jumping into a pool and drowning.Then the parisite would come out of the cricket and wait in the pool until another host (a living thing the parisite can live inside)came.
It was cool and creepy at the same time O.o
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 19, 2011 6:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If that happens to humans, I will hide from everyone. ;-;
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