Entomophthoraceae

plural noun

En·​to·​moph·​tho·​ra·​ce·​ae
: a family of mostly parasitic lower fungi (order Entomophthorales) that typically develop in the bodies of insects, have a reduced mycelium which tends to break up into hyphal bodies, reproduce asexually by usually multinucleate conidia and in a few instances sexually with the formation of zygospores, and commonly also produce thick-walled chlamydospores under unfavorable conditions see entomophthora

Word History

Etymology

New Latin, from Entomophthora, type genus + -aceae

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“Entomophthoraceae.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Entomophthoraceae. Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

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