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School of Biological Sciences
The University of Adelaide

Dr David Ellis

Candida haemulonii

RG-1 organism.

Culture: Colonies (SDA) white to cream-coloured smooth, glabrous, yeast-like.

Microscopy: Ovoid to globose, budding yeast-like cells or blastoconidia, 2-7 x 2-7 µm. No pseudohyphae produced.

India Ink Preparation: Negative - no capsules present.

Dalmau Plate Culture: No pseudohyphae produced.

Key Features: Germ tube negative yeast and sugar assimilation pattern. Molecular identification may be required. C. haemulonii has been reported from a few cases of fungaemia but clinical isolations remain rare.

Mycosis: Candidiasis