Full name: Trichomycetes Fungi Associated with Arthropods
Short name: Trichomycetes
Version: 8.0, Sep 2008
Release date: 2008-09-05
Authors/editors: R.W. Lichtwardt
Taxonomic coverage: Fungi - Zygomycota - Trichomycetes
English name of the group: Fungi associated with Arthropods
Number of species: 289
Number of infraspecific taxa: 2
Number of synonyms: 74
Number of common names: 0
Total number of names: 365
Abstract: The trichomycetes (Fungi, class Trichomycetes plus ecologically related protozoans) are a cosmopolitan group of organisms that grow obligately in the guts of insects, crustaceans and millipedes that live in freshwater, marine or terrestrial habitats. Many trichomycetes appear to be commensalistic, but under particular circumstances they may provide their hosts with some essential organic nutrients. Some are known to produce cysts in the ovaries of adult females hosts which, in addition to sterilizing the host, serve as a mechanism of dispersal.
Organization: University of Kansas, Lawrence, USA
Website: http://www.nhm.ku.edu/~fungi/