EVO: Zombie Fungus Networks Control Ant Like a Puppet

This article leads me to wonder a question about crossing the cooperation divide. How the Zombie Fungus Takes Over Ants’ Bodies to Control Their Minds

The fungus is Ophiocordyceps unilateralis. It invades an ant’s body and travels through its body as individual cells that replicate and eventually network together to act as a single parasite. This parasite controls the ant’s body to put it in a position (hanging 25 centimeters off the ground to a leaf) that allows the fungus to grow, pop out of the ant’s head and send its spores off to invade other ants.

Does this behavior (you might need to read the article to really understand what is happening) constitute some strange “crossing of the cooperation divide” as described by David Sloan Wilson?

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