Cryptococcus

Cryptococcus, sometimes informally called crypto, is a genus of fungi that grow in culture as yeasts. The sexual forms or teleomorphs of Cryptococcus species are filamentous fungi formerly classified in the genus Filobasidiella. The name Cryptococcus is used when referring to the yeast states of the fungi; it comes from the Greek for "hidden sphere" (literally "hidden berry"). A few species in the Cryptococcus genus cause a disease called cryptococcosis.

Cryptococcus
Cryptococcus neoformans
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Fungi
Division: Basidiomycota
Class: Tremellomycetes
Order: Tremellales
Family: Tremellaceae
Genus: Cryptococcus
Vuill.
Type species
Cryptococcus neoformans
Synonyms

Filobasidiella


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