Cryptococcus terreus

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Cryptococcus terreus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Fungi
Phylum: Basidiomycota
Class: Tremellomycetes
Order: Tremellales
Family: Tremellaceae
Genus: Cryptococcus
Species: C. terreus
Binomial name
Cryptococcus terreus

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. [1]


  1. ^ Menna M. (1954) Cryptococcus terreus n.sp., from Soil in New Zealand. J. gen. Microbiol. 11:195-197

External links[edit]