Hymenostilbe nutans

Hymenostilbe nutans

Saturday, October 29, 2011

What's In A Name?

Entomogenous, entomopathogenic, insect-pathogenic, invertebrate-pathogenic – the list goes on. Yes they infect insects as the first three terms allude to. The fourth term opens the list to all invertebrates – including sea-slugs. After all, there is a good group that are very specific to spiders – and these are definitely not insects – neither are sea-slugs! And then there is a group that infect other fungi! What do these all have in common?

Chitin

Maybe we should consider such fungi as being chitinophilic. While leaving the door open a nudge for the few chitinophiles that have also adopted chitin's next door neighbour (keratin) as a substrate.

Just a thought.