Species/Subspecies: Nannizzia gypsea
Categories: Animal pathogen; human pathogen; dermatophyte
Etymology: Genus name: named after the Italian mycologist Arturo Nannizzi (1877-1961).
Species epithet: ?
Alternative Species Name(s):Microsporum gypseum
Significance:N. gypsea is an important geophilic dermatophyte. It is highly contagious, expensive to treat and difficult to control.
Geographic distribution: Worldwide
Macromorphology (smell): Colonies may reach 5 cm in diameter after 10 days of incubation. Have a mouse-like odour. The colonies are yellowish to light brown on the upper side and look yellowish to reddish brown from the underside.
Micromorphology: Has elliptical macroconidia (25-60 x 7-15 µm) with up to 6 septa.
Spec. Char.:
Reservoir: Soil
Hosts/materialDisease/effectClinical picture or result
Horse, dog and rodentsRingworm (dermatophytosis)Skin lesions which may result in hair losses.
HumansTinea facieiSingle inflammatory skin lesions, especially in children and rural workers in hot and humid environments.
Genome Sequence:
ACC-No GenBankStrain/Isolate# of chromSize (Mbp)
GCF_000150975 CBS 118893  23.1 

Mitochondrial DNA sequence:  -
18S rRNA Seq:
ACC-No GenBankStrain/IsolateNumber of NT
KP132458 IHEM 22493 690 
Partial sequence

Reference(s): No. 42, 67, 68

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