Cryptococcus neoformans

Cryptococcus neoformans is an encapsulated yeast[1] belonging to the class Tremellomycetes and an obligate aerobe[2] that can live in both plants and animals. Its teleomorph is a filamentous fungus, formerly referred to Filobasidiella neoformans. In its yeast state, it is often found in bird excrement. Cryptococcus neoformans can cause disease in apparently immunocompetent, as well as immunocompromised, hosts.[1][3]

Cryptococcus neoformans
Yeast state of Cryptococcus neoformans
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Fungi
Division: Basidiomycota
Class: Tremellomycetes
Order: Tremellales
Family: Cryptococcaceae
Genus: Cryptococcus
Species:
C. neoformans
Binomial name
Cryptococcus neoformans
(San Felice) Vuill. (1901)
Synonyms

Saccharomyces neoformans San Felice (1895)
Filobasidiella neoformans Kwon-Chung (1975)


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