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Dermatophytes (Epidermophyton, Microsporum, Trichophyton)

The macroconidia of Microsporum gypseum are oval-shaped and have rounded ends. Each contains 3 - 6 cells.
The top right image shows a M. gypseum culture plate showing an orange-colored wavy, though glabrous, or smoothly-textured colonial morphology. The bottom right image shows a M. gypseum lactophenol cotton blue preparation showing numerous oblong macroconidia.

Images courtesy of the CDC