Ant-fungus Interactions: Laboulbenia camponoti Batra in Italy and a New Host for L. formicarum Thaxter (Fungi: Ascomycota, Laboulbeniales)


  • Kiko Gómez Castelldefels, Barcelona
  • Xavier Espadaler CREAF, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Cerdanyola del Vallès, Barcelona 08193, Spain
  • Sergi Santamaria Unitat de Botànica, Departament de Biologia Animal, de Biologia Vegetal i d'Ecologia, Facultat de Biociències, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Cerdanyola del Vallès, Barcelona 08193



Laboulbenia, Camponotus aethiops, Lasius niger, Formicidae


One Laboulbenia species is added to the checklist of Italian fungi. Laboulbenia camponoti was detected on the ant Camponotus aethiops. Additionally, L. formicarum was found on a new host (Lasius niger) in France. An updated map of world distribution for the two Laboulbenia is presented. Based on present knowledge, L. camponoti shows a much higher structural and phylogenetic host specificity than L. formicarum.


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How to Cite

Gómez, K., Espadaler, X., & Santamaria, S. (2016). Ant-fungus Interactions: Laboulbenia camponoti Batra in Italy and a New Host for L. formicarum Thaxter (Fungi: Ascomycota, Laboulbeniales). Sociobiology, 63(3), 950–955.



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