Macroscopic morphology

Candida parapsilosis colonies are white, creamy, shiny, and smooth or wrinkled on Sabouraud dextrose agar. It does not grow on the surface when inoculated into Sabouraud broth [1295, 2202].

Microscopic morphology

On cornmeal tween 80 agar and at 25°C after 72 h, it produces blastospores which are located along the pseudohyphae. Typically, the pseudohyphae may be curved and large mycelial (hyphal) elements which are called “giant cells” may be observed [1295, 2202].