Zombie fungus makes 'sniper's alley' around ant colonies

August 21, 2014 1:46 PM

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Zombie fungus makes 'sniper's alley' around ant colonies

A fungus that turns worker ants into zombie henchmen has a surprisingly clever strategy to recruit new hosts.

The parasite doesn't attack the nest directly. Rather, the fungus leads ants to their deaths along the outskirts of the colony, creating a "sniper's alley" where the corpses can discreetly spread deadly fungal spores, new research shows.

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