Malassezia furfur

Malassezia furfur (formerly known as Pityrosporum ovale in its hyphal form) is a species of yeast (a type of fungus) that is naturally found on the skin surfaces of humans and some other mammals. It is associated with a variety of dermatological conditions caused by fungal infections, notably seborrhoeic dermatitis and tinea versicolor. As an opportunistic pathogen, it has further been associated with dandruff, malassezia folliculitis, pityriasis versicolor (alba), and malassezia intertrigo,[1] as well as catheter-related fungemia and pneumonia in patients receiving hematopoietic transplants. The fungus can also affect other animals, including dogs.

Malassezia furfur
A scanning electron microscopy image of Malassezia furfur
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Fungi
Division: Basidiomycota
Class: Malasseziomycetes
Order: Malasseziales
Family: Malasseziaceae
Genus: Malassezia
Species:
M. furfur
Binomial name
Malassezia furfur
(C.P.Robin) Baill. (1889)
Synonyms
  • Microsporum furfur C.P.Robin (1853)

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