Cryptococcus terreus is a fungus species. It is unique within its genus because it can use glucose, lactose, galactose and potassium nitrate. The cells are oval in shape with mucous capsules. The culture when grown start of cream color but turned tan with a “tough” surface skin. No mycelium present. This species is very similar to C. albidus with the notable exception of not being able to ferment sucrose.