Gongylidia

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Gongylidia (singular gongylidium) are hyphal swellings of fungus cultivated by higher-attine genera of fungus-growing ants . This fungus no longer exists naturally outside the ant colonies.

Gongylidia are fed to the developing larvae and distributed throughout the colony to feed workers, soldiers, and the queen.[1] They are ellipsoid, about 30-50 micrometres in diameter[2] and rich in lipids and carbohydrates derived from the leaves[3] and are produced in clusters (called staphylae).[4]

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