First Records Of The Recently Described Ectoparasitic Rickia lenoirii Santam. (Ascomycota: Laboulbeniales) In The Carpathian Basin


  • Ferenc Báthori University of Debrecen
  • Walter P Pfliegler University of Debrecen; Hungarian Academy of Sciences (MTA)
  • András Tartally University of Debrecen



Formicidae, harvester ant, Hungary, Messor structor, Romania


Rickia lenoirii has been reported in seven localities in the Carpathian Basin, six in Hungary and one in Romania, on Messor structor (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) host specimens. This is the first occurrence of this fungus in two new (Pannonian and Continental) biogeographic regions. According to our findings, the northernmost (47°31'33.01"N) known occurrence of R. lenoirii is Ferenc-hegy (Ferenc Hill) in Budapest. These results demonstrate that ant-parasitic Laboulbeniales fungi may have wider distribution areas than previously expected by mycologists and myrmecologists.


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Author Biographies

Ferenc Báthori, University of Debrecen

Department of Evolutionary Zoology and Human Biology

Walter P Pfliegler, University of Debrecen; Hungarian Academy of Sciences (MTA)

Department of Biotechnology and Microbiology;

Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (MTA)

András Tartally, University of Debrecen

Department of Evolutionary Zoology and Human Biology


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Báthori, F., Pfliegler, W. P., & Tartally, A. (2015). First Records Of The Recently Described Ectoparasitic Rickia lenoirii Santam. (Ascomycota: Laboulbeniales) In The Carpathian Basin. Sociobiology, 62(4).



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