General Charateristics of Fungi

Asexual Ascomycota - Deuteromycota

Fusarium low mag

Fusarium mycelium (red) and spores as they appear looking through your MicroBrite pocket microscope.

Fusarium high mag

A higher magnification of Fusarium showing the macroconidia (canoe-shaped spores with septations) and also two round microconidia. This fungus produces two types of conidia.

Conidia of Fusarium

An even higher magnification showing the macroconidia produced by Fusarium. The smaller microconida are not seen in this photograph.

spores of Geotrichum

These are spores of a different fungus called Geotrichum. It produces chains of arthrospores at the ends of the hyphae (from This is not one that you had in your lab kit but is shown to demonstrate a different type of asexual spore formation where the ends of the hypahe form cross walls and produce spores.

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Higher magnification showing the barrell-shaped asexual spores of Geotrichum.

Conidia of Pestalotia

Your cultures may not have had condia present and it may take longer for them to form. This is what the conidia look like for Pestalotia. Note the multi-celled spores with projections at both ends of the spore.


This is likely what your culture of Curvularia looked like. Note the small dark condidia.


A higher magnification of the Curvularia spores shows them to be dark colored and have several cells.