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This tarantula has been colonized by Cordyceps, a fungus that “invades and eventually replaces the host tissue.”
Cordyceps fungi invades its hosts (mainly arthropods), and its mycelium eventually replaces the host’s tissue. Once the arthropod is dead, cylindrical or branching growths emerge from the creature’s dead body. Some species also have mind-control capabilities, convincing the host to travel to a place where the fungus will find optimal growth conditions before the host dies.
+Video: Planet Earth featuring Cordyceps (YouTube)
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