What is Dimorphic Fungus?
Several medically important fungi are thermally dimorphic (i.e., they form different structures at different temperatures). They exist as molds in the environment at an ambient temperature and as yeasts (or other structures) in human tissues at body temperature. – Lange Review Microbiology
Some fungi are dimorphic (i.e., they can exist either as yeasts or molds, depending on the temperature). At room temperature (e.g., 25°C), dimorphic fungi are molds, whereas at body temperature they are yeasts (or some other form such as a spherule).
The term dimorphic refers to having 2 fungal shapes, typically yeasts and filamentous fungi.
Dimorphic Fungus List Goes Below:
(Total 4+2 = 6)
- All Systemic Fungus:
- Coccidiosis immitis
- Histoplasma capsulatum
2. Sporothrix schenckii
3. Penicillium marneffei
** Karunarathnae also proposed that Rhinosporidium seeberi existed in a dimorphic state