The Info List - Trichophyton

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Trichophyton is a genus of fungi, which includes the parasitic varieties that cause tinea, including athlete's foot, ringworm, jock itch, and similar infections of the nail, beard, skin and scalp. Trichophyton fungi are molds characterized by the development of both smooth-walled macro- and microconidia. Macroconidia are mostly borne laterally directly on the hyphae or on short pedicels, and are thin- or thick-walled, clavate to fusiform, and range from 4 to 8 by 8 to 50 μm in size. Macroconidia are few or absent in many species. Microconidia are spherical, pyriform to clavate or of irregular shape, and range from 2 to 3 by 2 to 4 μm in size.


1 Species and their habitat preference 2 Effect on humans 3 References 4 External links

Species and their habitat preference[edit] Geophilic fungi prefer to live in soil. Anthropophilic fungi prefer to infect humans. Zoophilic fungi prefer to infect animals other than humans. Cats can pass on Trichophyton to humans.[1] Humans and animals are natural reservoirs for parasitic or dermatophytic fungi.

Trichophyton ajelloi geophilic

Trichophyton concentricum anthropophilic

Trichophyton equinum zoophilic (horse)

Trichophyton flavescens geophilic (feathers)

Trichophyton gloriae geophilic

Trichophyton megnini anthropophilic

Trichophyton mentagrophytes var. erinacei zoophilic (hedgehog)

Trichophyton mentagrophytes var. interdigitale anthropophilic

Trichophyton onychocola geophilic

Trichophyton phaseoliforme geophilic

Trichophyton redellii zoophilic (bats)[2]

Trichophyton rubrum anthropophilic

Trichophyton rubrum downy strain anthropophilic

Trichophyton rubrum granular strain anthropophilic

Trichophyton schoenleinii anthropophilic

Trichophyton simii zoophilic (monkey, fowl)

Trichophyton soudanense anthropophilic

Trichophyton terrestre geophilic

Trichophyton tonsurans anthropophilic

Trichophyton vanbreuseghemii geophilic

Trichophyton verrucosum zoophilic (cattle, horse)

Trichophyton violaceum anthropophilic

Trichophyton yaoundei anthropophilic

Effect on humans[edit] The anthropophilic varieties cause forms of dermatophytosis, that is, fungal infection of the skin. They are keratinophilic: they feed on the keratin in nails, hair, and dead skin. Trichophyton concentricum causes "Malabar itch", a skin infection consisting of an eruption of a number of concentric rings of overlapping scales forming papulosquamous patches.[3] Trichophyton rubrum and Trichophyton interdigitale cause athlete's foot (tinea pedis), toenail fungal infections (a.k.a. tinea unguium, a.k.a. onychomycosis), crotch itch (a.k.a. tinea cruris), and ringworm (a misnomer, as there is no worm involved; it is also known as tinea corporis). The fungi can easily spread to other areas of the body as well and to the host's home environs (socks, shoes, clothes, showers, bathtubs, counters, floors, carpets, etc.). They can be transmitted by direct contact, by contact with infested particles (of dead skin, nails, hair) shed by the host, and by contact with the fungi's spores. These fungi thrive in warm moist dark environments, such as in the dead upper layers of skin between the toes of a sweaty foot inside a tightly enclosed shoe, or in dead skin particles on the wet floor of a communal (shared) shower. Their spores are extremely difficult to eliminate, and spread everywhere. When the hyphae of the fungi burrow into the skin and release enzymes to digest keratin, they may irritate nerve endings and cause the host to itch, which may elicit the scratch reflex, which directs the host to scratch. Scratching directly transfers fungi and dead skin particles that are infested with the fungi to the fingers and under the finger nails. From there they can be transmitted to other parts of the host's body when the host touches or scratches those. Scratching also damages skin layers, making it easier for the fungi to spread at the site of the infection. If the fungi and infested debris are not washed from the fingers and fingernails soon enough, the fungi can also infect the skin of the fingers (tinea manuum), and burrow underneath and into the material of the fingernails (tinea unguium). If left untreated, the fungi continue to grow and spread. References[edit]

^ "Ringworm - Healthy Pets Healthy People". Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. April 30, 2014. Retrieved 21 June 2017.  This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. ^ "The fungus Trichophyton redellii sp. Nov. Causes skin infections that resemble white-nose syndrome of hibernating bats". J Wildl Dis. 51 (1): 36–47. Jan 2015. doi:10.7589/2014-05-134. PMID 25375940.  ^ Malabar itch - definition from Biology-Online.org

External links[edit]

Doctor Fungus Mycology Unit at the Adelaide Women's and Children's Hospital

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Domain Archaea Bacteria Eukaryota (Supergroup Plant Hacrobia Heterokont Alveolata Rhizaria Excavata Amoebozoa Opisthokonta

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Ascomycota (sac fungi)




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Basidiomycota (with basidia)


Tritirachiomycetes Mixiomycetes Agaricostilbomycetes Cystobasidiomycetes Microbotryomycetes Classiculomycetes Cryptomycocolacomycetes Atractiellomycetes Pucciniomycetes


Monilielliomycetes Malasseziomycetes Ustilaginomycetes Exobasidiomycetes



Dacrymycetales Agaricomycetes


Wallemiomycetes Bartheletiomycetes Tremellomycetes





Zygomycota (paraphyletic)


Mortierellomycetes Mucoromycetes


Zoopagomycetes Kickxellomycetes


Neozygitomycetes Basidiobolomycetes Entomophthoromycetes

Zoosporic fungi (paraphyletic)






Neocallimastigomycetes Hyaloraphidiomycetes Monoblepharidomycetes Chytridiomycetes

Fungal phyla are underlined. See also: fungi imperfecti (polyphyletic group).

Taxon identifiers

Wd: Q310925 EoL: 18849 EPPO: 1TRPHG Fungorum: 10292 GBIF: 2595868 MycoBank