Where do I live and what do I do?


     Cordyceps subsessilis lives in a habitat common to most fungi alike to itself.  It has been found in organic soils or decaying wood.  In general, it will live wherever it can find its host and ideal living conditions.  The host of Cordyceps subsessilis is a beetle of the family Coleoptera  It takes exteremely precise conditions for the actual fruiting body form of Cordyceps subsessilis to be produced.  In most cases, Cordyceps subsessilis is actually in its anamorph form as Tolypocladium inflatum.  As Tolypocladium inflatum, the fungus still lives in the soil but instead of having a fruiting body, it is just a mold.  When looking for Cordyceps subsessilis, it might actually be a little less substantial in its anamorph mold form. 


      Other organisms that occur in this habitat would be saprophytic fungi looking to break down the decaying wood and other fungi living on nutrients in the soil or other decaying organisms.  Plants that may be nearby would include various grasses, trees, shrubs, and even angiosperms.  Animals that would live nearby would be some annelids, reptiles, amphibians, birds, mammals, and especially arthropods of the Coleoptera family.  All these organisms that live around Cordyceps subsessilis bring a lot to the organism's habitat.  Herbivores that eat the plants around the area also excrete the plant matter waste that they don't use which creates more habitats for other fungus and detrivores to live in.  Herbivore dung is actually very nutrient rich because they only break down 30%-35% of their food, so a lot is put right back into the soil. 


     Although very important, Cordyceps subsessilis has not been found in very many places.  It has only supposedly been found 5 or 6 times.  But, according to various other information sources, it has been found in Tennessee, North Carolina, Michigan, New York, Washington, and Japan. 


       Also, Cordyceps subsessilis is rather a newly "identified as important" organism so when it has been found in certain countries, it may not even be slightly interesting in others, that is why it has not yet been reported there.  Besides not being interesting enough to be sought after, there is also the concept of culture.  In the United States and Japan healthcare is a huge and very important concept, so when a fungus is found that can produce life saving medicines, it is something that isn't just left in the dirt for others to find.  Other cultures are still working on the bare necessities of life and aren't searching for something like that, especially if they do not have the technology and capabilities for harvesting it.  In the end, Cordyceps subsessilis is an important organism, but it hasn't risen to its fame of necessity yet everywhere.  Personally, I believe that this fungus can be found in other places besides just the ones listed above. 


       For Tolypocladium inflatum, it has been commonly said that it was first found in Norwegian soils, but is also claimed to be found in Japan and the United States.  In all reality, it should be in the same area as where Cordyceps subsessilis is. 


       Cordyceps subsessilis's niche is being a parasite of a beetle from the Scarabdae family.  In this sense, it sort of acts as an all natural biocontrol as it feasts on a couple arthropods that could overpopulate the habitat and possibly cause damage to other organisms.  Another part of its niche resides in Tolypocladium inflatum where it functions as another fungus that takes in nutrients from the soil.


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