Midgley, Guého, & Guillot (1996)

Macroscopic morphology

Colonies on mDixon agar smooth and flat with a sticky texture [927]. This species is lipid-dependent requiring olive oil for growth on routine media.

Microscopic morphology

Yeast cells are cylindrical, measuring 1.5-2.0 x 4.0-6.0µm. Wet preparations reveal yeast cells with daughter cells being produced from a broad base and measuring up to 10 µm prior to detachment of the daughter cell [927].

Special notes

This isolate is the most rarely-recovered Malassezia sp.[924]. It may be differentiated from M. globosa by its cell shape and by its ability to grow at 37°C.

In vitro susceptibility data

Susceptibility testing according to NCCLS/CLSI Document M27-A2 is not possible due to the oleic acid requirement of this species.