Ophiocordycipitaceae is a family of parasitic fungi in the Ascomycota, class Sordariomycetes.[2]

Temporal range: Middle Cretaceous - Recent, 105–0 Ma [1]
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Dead ants infected with Ophiocordyceps unilateralis
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Fungi
Division: Ascomycota
Class: Sordariomycetes
Order: Hypocreales
Family: Ophiocordycipitaceae
G.H.Sung, J.M.Sung, Hywel-Jones & Spatafora (2007)
Type genus
Petch (1931)


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  1. ^ a b Sung GH, Poinar GO Jr, Spatafora JW (2008). "The oldest fossil evidence of animal parasitism by fungi supports a Cretaceous diversification of fungal–arthropod symbioses". Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 49 (2): 495–502. doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2008.08.028. PMID 18817884.
  2. ^ a b Sung GH, Hywel-Jones NL, Sung JM, Luangsa-ard JJ, Shrestha B, Spatafora JW (2007). "Phylogenetic classification of Cordyceps and the clavicipitaceous fungi". Studies in Mycology. 57: 5–59. doi:10.3114/sim.2007.57.01. PMC 2104736. PMID 18490993.

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