First report of Akanthomyces dipterigenus (Hypocreales: Cordycipitaceae) in the Iberian Peninsula


  • Paula Caride Environmental Biology research group (BA2), Department of Ecology and Animal Biology, University of Vigo, Vigo, Spain
  • Josefina Garrido Environmental Biology research group (BA2), Department of Ecology and Animal Biology, University of Vigo, Vigo, Spain
  • Mauro Rivas-Ferreiro Centro de Investigación Mariña (CIM), Department of Biochemistry, Genetics and Immunology, University of Vigo, Vigo, Spain
  • Iria Villar Environmental Biology research group (BA2), Department of Ecology and Animal Biology, University of Vigo, Vigo, Spain
  • Marisa Castro MycoGalicia Plantae S.L. Head Researcher, Tui, Spain



aphid, bait, Lecanicillium, fungi, isolation, entomopathogenic


Akanthomyces dipterigenus is a species of entomopathogenic fungus (Hypocreales: Cordycipitaceae) that has undergone several reclassifications in recent decades. While it has been utilized for biological control, information on its distribution and ecology remains limited. Furthermore, this species has only recently been reported in continental European countries. Our research provides the first report of A. dipterigenus in the Iberian Peninsula. Fungal isolation was achieved via a modified baiting technique featuring Rhopalosiphum padi aphids. Results suggest that the isolation methodologies and ecological traits of the fungus may either aid or hinder its detection. Additional research is necessary to assess its distribution throughout the Peninsula and neighbouring European countries, and to examine its potential as a biological control agent.


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How to Cite

Caride, P., Garrido, J., Rivas-Ferreiro, M., Villar, I., & Castro, M. (2024). First report of Akanthomyces dipterigenus (Hypocreales: Cordycipitaceae) in the Iberian Peninsula. Italian Journal of Mycology, 53(1), 75–84.