AIRBORNECONTAMINANTSALTERNARIAASPERGILLUSBOTYRISCHAETOMIUMCEPHALOSPORIUMCURVULARIAFUSARIUMCULTUREMORPHOLOGYRapid-growing colonies, grayishto black to brown; underside jetblackFlat, compact colonies, white atfirst then becoming black,green, bluish or yellowSoft looking tan to gray colonySlow growing, flat, white,yellow, tan or brown colonyWhite to tan to rose-colroedcolony, eventually developingWhite aerial hyphae.Dark brown to black colony onboth sides ragged inappearance.Fast-growing colony. At first,white and cottony but develpingrose to red color on both sidesMICROSCOPICVIEWDESCRIPTIONLarge, hand grenade-shapedspores with both longitudinaland transverse cross walls.Borne singly or in chains.Septate, dematiaceous fungi.Small one-celled sporesirradiating out from swollenbase (see arrows)Colorless, one celled sporesborne in clumpsLarge, dark, central structure isperithecium that containsascospores (sexually produced)Single celled, clear, ellipticalspores held together in a ballunless broken looseLarge, bent spores with 3 to 5cells. Similar toHelminthosporium spp. Brown,septate hyphae.Largest spores are sickle-shapedand may contain several cells.Small spores with one to twocells have more rounded ends.AIRBORNECONTAMINANTSGELASINOSPORAGEOTRICHUMGLIOCLADIUMHORMODENDRUMNEUROSPORA (MONILIA)NIGROSPORAPAECILOMYCESCULTUREMORPHOLOGYDark colony with numerous smallblack dots which are perithecia(sexual organs for Ascomycetes)White to tan, flat or fluffy,rapid-growing fungusFlat, rapid-growing colony.White at first, then developingdark green central portionGreen to gray to black colony onboth sides. Often wrinkled andgrows flat
White at first but grows rapidlyfilling the entire Petri dish in a fewdays and becoming a salmon tobrown color. Mycelium may hangfrom the lid of the Petri dish.
Rapid growing, producingabundant fluffly, aerial hyphae,gray to black on both sides.Resembles Mucor or RhizopusFlat, rapid-growing, tan-coloredcolony resembling Aspergillusspp.MICROSCOPICVIEWDESCRIPTION
Squashed peritheciumshowing many asci, eachcontaining 8 sexuallyproduced ascospores
Note hyphae breaking intoarthrospores. May be confusedwith Coccidioides immitis.Numerous small spores heldtogether in a clump. Similar toPenicillium spp. Except for theclumping of spores.Dark brown septate hyphae bearbranching chains of elongate toovate spores that often contain asmall black dot at the end. Sporebearing structures look tree-likeClear septate hyphae with largemasses of ovate spores which areair-dispersedLarge, clearly visible jet blackspores.Similar to Penicillium spp.except small spores areproduced on very long, slenderstructures