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Introduction to Clinical Mycology

Part 2

Fungi: Zygomycetes

Slide 9

January 2012

With the Zygomycetes, we define them as having pauciseptate hyphae. Pauciseptate means there are a few septations or can be a few septations but for the most part the hyphae do not have septations within them. Zygomycetes produce sporangia, the spherical structures that are produced at the end of a long stalk, the sporangia produces spores. The hallmark of Zygomycetes is the growth rate, very rapid growth. They may have root-like structures called rhizoids that anchor them to the substrate surface. They may not and if they do have them, then the arrangement of those rhizoids helps with the identification.

Fungi: Zygomycetes


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