Coniosporium epidermidis sp. nov., a new species from human skin

D.M. Li, G.S. de Hoog, D.M. Lindhardt Saunte, A.H.G. Gerrits van den Ende, X.R. Chen

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    Coniosporium epidermidis sp. nov. is described from a superficial skin lesion with blackish discolouration in an 80-yr-old Chinese patient. The species produces dark, thick-walled, inflated, reluctantly liberating arthroconidia without longitudinal septa. Sequences of the ribosomal operon, as well as of the translation elongation factor 1-{alpha} support its novelty. The species is found in a lineage basal to the order Chaetothyriales, amidst relatives from rock, but also species repeatedly isolated from human skin and nails and eventually causing mild cutaneous infections. Coniosporium epidermidis is consistently found on humans, either asymptomatic or symptomatic. The species indicates a change of life style towards human pathogenicity, which is a recurrent type of ecology in derived Chaetothyriales. Superficial and cutaneous infection by melanized fungi is a new category in dermatology.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)131-136
    JournalStudies in Mycology
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2008


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