Horrifying photo captures moment parasitic fungus bursts from huge spider’s body

The large spider was found with a parasitic fungus bursting through its body. (Image credit: Roberto García-Roa)

A rare image has captured the moment a huge spider is “defeated” and engulfed by a parasitic fungus, with spores bursting from the arachnid’s back, legs and head 

The striking photo is one of the winning images from the BMC Ecology and Evolution photography competition. The picture, taken by evolutionary biologist Roberto García-Roa, was named runner-up in the Plants and Fungi category. 


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