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This photomicrograph depicts the microconidia of the fungus Trichophyton mariatii. Many members of the Trichophyton spp. inhabit the soil, humans or animals, and are one of the leading causes of dermatophytosis in humans, an infections of the skin, hair, and nails due to these fungiís ability to utilize keratin.
Fungi, Skin and Connective Tissue Diseases, Fungal Diseases, Tinea
Picture & text from CDC/PHIL. For more information see Ringworm Pictures from CDC