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Laboulbeniales are parasitic fungi that are attached to the outer surface of invertebrates, mostly beetles and flies. Unlike the well-known mushroom-structure, Laboulbeniales are microscopic organisms of 0.150-1 mm in length, rarely more. Successful establishment of the parasite requires both the presence of a suitable host and favorable environmental conditions for the fungus. Laboulbeniales exhibit great host specificity, with a ranging host spectrum from one to several species. Although already discovered in 1850, the Laboulbeniales are perhaps the most intriguing and yet least studied of all insect-associated parasitic fungi. What I'm interested in is the relationship between the parasites and their hosts. Are closely related parasites more dependent on their hosts or on the habitat the hosts occupy?