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Epicoccum is a cosmopolitan fungus with a worldwide distribution. Epicoccum is a common soil and litter fungus, and is also a secondary invader of plant material.

Growth Characteristics

Epicoccum has a rapid growth rate with a lanose to felty appearance. Colony colors are often bright and can include yellow, orange, red and/or brown.

Microscopic Characteristics

The conidiophores of Epicoccum are short, undistinguished and grouped in clusters. Spores are dark brown, globose and muriform (septa in both directions, like a soccer ball). Spores are often observed on colonies growing in culture as little black dots.

Health Effects

Epicoccum is not generally considered a human pathogen.


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