Aspergillus flavus   Link,  1809 (Marine Fungus)
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Class: Eurotiomycetes

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Conidial head

Colony characteristics. Colonies (CzA) yellowish-green, consisting of a dense felt of conidiophores.
Colonies on Czapek agar at 25°C attaining a diameter of 3-5 cm within 7 days, usually consisting of a dense felt of yellow-green conidio-phores. Conidial heads typically radiate, later splitting into several loose columns, yellow-green becoming dark yellow-green. Conidiophores hya-line, coarsely roughened, up to 1.0 mm (some isolates up to 2.5 mm) in length. Vesicles globose to subglobose, 25-45 µm in diam. Phialides borne directly on the vesicle or on the metulae, 6-10 x 4.0-5.5 µm. Metulae 6.5-10 x 3-5 µm. Conidia globose to subglobose, 3.6 µm in diam, pale green, echinulate. Sclerotia often produced in fresh isolates, variable in shape and dimension, often brown to black.

Microscopy. Conidiophore stipes rough walled, hyaline. Conidial heads radiate, uni- and biseriate. Vesicles spherical, 25-45 micrometre diam. Conidia echinulate, (sub)spherical, 3.5 micrometre diam. Sclerotia may be present.

Remarks: The species is easily distinguished from Aspergillus fumigatus by the following characters; yellow-green colonies; mature vesicles bearing phialides over their entire surface.

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Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Dangers
(The species is one of the main agents of human allergic bronchial aspergillosis. The species also occurs in external ears and may be involved in otitis. Systemic infections occur in leukemic patients. It is also one of the common agents of mycotic sinusitis. Cutaneous aspergillosis is rare. Also cases of aspergillosis in other vertebrates have been reported.)

Habitat:  Estuarine, Sandy, Muddy, Coastal


• West Bengal, Kagh Island INDIA (Record: 12/1960-01/1961)
• (Lat: 14.5) (Long: 80.3) INDIA (Record: 09/1987) (Depth: -32 mts)
• (Lat: 18.01) (Long: 83.9) INDIA (Record: 09/1987) (Depth: -40 mts)
• Tamil Nadu, Vellar Estuary (Lat: 11.48) (Long: 79.76) INDIA
• Karnataka, Nethravathi Mangrove (Lat: 12.83) (Long: 74.51) INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Pichavaram Mangrove Forest (Lat: 11.45) (Long: 79.78) INDIA
• Orissa, Ganjam Coast INDIA
• Karnataka, Nethravathi Estuary (Lat: 12.83) (Long: 74.83) INDIA (Record: 09/2004-11/2004)
• Tamil Nadu, Muthukuda INDIA

Literature Source(s)
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