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Dermatophytes (Epidermophyton, Microsporum, Trichophyton)

Microsporum canis macroconidia are spindle-shaped, rough, and taper to a knoblike end. Each contains >6 cells, separated by transverse septae.
The top right image shows a M. canis culture. The bottom right image shows M. canis in a lactophenol cotton blue preparation showing large, spindle-shaped macroconidia.
Images courtesy of the CDC