Species/Subspecies: Epidermophyton floccosum
Categories: Animal pathogen; human pathogen
Etymology: Genus name: epidermis (outer skin) creature.
Species epithet: growing as woolly tufts.
Significance:Rarely infects animals, but is an important human pathogen.
  [Of minor importance]   
Taxonomy:
PhylumClassOrderFamilyGenus
AscomycotaPezizomycotinaEurotiomycetesArthrodermataceaeEpidermophyton
 
Macromorphology (smell): On rich media such as Sabouraud agar, colonies usually grow together into white pleomorphic tufts after a few weeks and they can sometimes secrete a reddish-brown pigment in the agar plate.
Micromorphology: E. floccosum has septate hyaline hyphae. The macroconidia are smooth, thin-walled and club-shaped. The macroconidia are borne individually or in clusters of 2 or 3 and are 20-40 x 7-12 μm and contain 1 to 9 septa. The narrow base and the broad, club-shaped tip of the macroconidia have been compared to the shape of a beaver tail.
Metabolism: Aerobic.
Reproduction:
Spec. Char.: E. floccosum is an anthropophilic dermatophyte.
Disease/effect:Tinea pedis (athlete's foot) and tinea cruris in humans.
Hosts/material: Dog, human
Clinical Picture:
Genome Sequence: There is no whole genome sequence reported.
Mitochondrial DNA sequence:
ACC-No GenBankStrain/IsolateNumber of BPRef
NC_007394 ATCC 26072 30 910 # 60
Circular DNA

18S rRNA Seq:
ACC-No GenBankStrain/IsolateNumber of NT
EF631604 ATCC 52066 2410 

Taxonomy/phylogeny: E. floccosum is currently the only species described within genus Epidermophyton.
Reference(s): No. 29, 30
Updated:2021-06-23

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