(described by Gruby in 1843)

Macroscopic morphology

Colonies are slow growing, flat, spreading, dense, with a furlike mat having radiating edges. The color of the colony is grayish white to tannish white and rarely rust. From the reverse, it is salmon pink to peach or rose brown.

Microscopic morphology

Microsporum audouinii produces pectinate hyphae and rare macro- and microconidia. Terminal chlamydoconidia may also be formed which have short, spine-like projections, giving a pointed appearence at the tip. When present, macroconidia are smooth to sparsely echinulate, poorly developed, thick walled and irregularly spindle shaped. Microconidia are also rare and when present, they are unicellular and ovoid to clavate in shape.

Special notes

In vitro hair perforation test is negative. It grows poorly on rice grains. On BCP-milk solids-glucose agar inoculated with Microsporum audouinii, alkalinization is observed. No special growth factor is required to grow Microsporum audouinii. It differs from Microsporum canis by neither perforating hair nor growing on polished rice grains. Hair or skin infected with Microsporum audouinii gives flourescence under Wood’s ultraviolet light.

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