species are cosmopolitan and are occasionally isolated from soil and from
Lecythophora is a mold that lacks a known sexual state thus, is
categorized under Fungi Imperfecti. It is generally classified as a
dematiaceous fungus which is mainly attributed to its darkly colored
fungal body due to the presence of melanin in the cell walls of its
conidia, hyphae or both. There are three species classified under this
genus namely, Lecythophora hoffmannii, Lecythophora lignicola, and
Pathogenicity and Health Effects
Only two cases of cases of
endocarditis have been reported from humans, one of gluteal abscess - and
one of peritonitis which is an inflammation of the peritoneum tissue
lining of the abdominal wall and most of the organs in the abdomen.
Growth rate is moderately rapid and texture is initially slimy becoming
lightly downy at the center of the colony; and
surface and reverse colony color is pale pink to salmon, however, becoming
pale to deep brown at times.
Hyaline and septate hyphae, adelophialides,
Adelophialides are type of phialides which are not septated at the base,
short, cylindrical or conical in form, may often appear solitary,
sometimes in groups that are arranged in short lateral filaments, however,
phialides with septate bases are sometimes present;
Conidia are hyaline, ellipsoidal to cylindrical in shape but may be
slightly curved at times, and may give rise to secondary conidia
Brown – colored chlamydospores may sometimes be present.
Differences in Microscopic Appearance
Produces pink colonies
Produces brown mature colonies due to its formation
of numerous brown chlamydospores
Produces colonies which become brown, however, in
this case the brown – colored pigment develops in the hyphae alone,
since chlamydospores are absent
laboratory precautions are required, no special safety measures needed.
No available data.