Cryptococcus skinneri

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Cryptococcus skinneri
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Fungi
Phylum: Basidiomycota
Class: Tremellomycetes
Order: Tremellales
Family: Tremellaceae
Genus: Cryptococcus
Species: C. skinneri
Binomial name
Cryptococcus skinneri
Herman Phaff, 1962

Cryptococcus skinneri is species of yeast which forms white and cream colored colonies which are smooth with a mucoid texture. No hyphae are present and it reproduces by budding. The individual cells are round and oval in shape. The formation of starch and urea has been observed. It will grow at 25 degrees Celsius up to 30 degrees Celsius in some cases.[1]

Herman Phaff described C. skinneri in 1962 from the frass of Scolytus tsugae feeding on Western Hemlock (Tsuga heterophylla)[2]


  1. ^ Cryptococcus skinneri Characteristics. CBS-KNAW Fungal Biodiversity Centre.
  2. ^ Phaff, H. J.; Carmo-Sousa, L. (1962). "Four new species of yeast isolated from insect frass in bark of Tsuga heterophylla (Raf.) Sargent". Antonie van Leeuwenhoek. 28: 193–207. doi:10.1007/BF02538734. PMID 13943102. 

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