Though rare, the fungal infections can cause serious health issues.
"As far as we know this is the first time a new species has been discovered on Twitter," said researcher Ana Sofia Reboleira. "It highlights the importance of these platforms for sharing research."
The fungus (Ophiocordyceps unilateralis sensu lato) causes the death of its host before scattering its pores to infect other ants.
A study has shown children more prone to becoming obese had different populations of microbes in their mouths.
This kind of fungus that can linger and grow in an ants body for up to three weeks.
Fungal spores eventually make their abdomen fall off entirely.
Soon there may always be a fungus among us.
And deservedly so.
No queen of the ant species had been seen since 1887; now many colonies have been collected.
The fungus can penetrate Aedes aegypti larvae when suspended in water.
The jungles of Ecuador may hold a secret weapon against plastic pollution.
A fungus that thrives on human skin also lives many other strange places.