E. GUEHO / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY E. GUEHO / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
False-colour scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of the dermatophyte fungus, Epidermophyton floccosum. The fungus causes superficial infections of the skin and nails and is one of several species responsible for ringworm, dhobie itch and athelete's foot. The thread-like structures visible are hyphae, the vegetative elements of the fungus. The larger, club- like structures are a type of asexual spore known as a macroconidium. Magnification: x1100 at 6x7cm size, x550 at 35mm size.
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