American biologist discovers a new parasitic fungus, names it after Twitter

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New Delhi, Delhi, India Published: May 18, 2020, 07.36 PM(IST)

American biologist discovers a new parasitic fungus, names it after Twitter Photograph:( Twitter )

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The North American millipede photo was posted in 2018 by entomologist Derek Hennen, now a PhD student at Virginia Tech. 

 

A biologist and associate professor at the University of Copenhagen's Natural History Museum of Denmark have has discovered a type of parasitic fungus on Twitter.

Ana Sofia Reboleira came across a picture of a  North American millipede (Cambala annulata) on Twitter. The parasitic fungus was named after Twitter and was called Troglomyces twitteri.

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The North American millipede photo was posted in 2018 by entomologist Derek Hennen, now a PhD student at Virginia Tech. 

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“To everyone (including me!), it was as normal of a millipede photo as you can get. But if you’re @SReboleira [Ana Sofia Reboleira’s handle], you have AMAZING vision and a preternatural talent for spying tiny fungi. She saw something no one else did!” Hennen tweeted on Friday.

Reboleira spotted was a few tiny dots. “I could see something looking like fungi on the surface of the millipede. Until then, these fungi had never been found on American millipedes,” she said in a statement released by the University of Copenhagen.

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