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Oedocephalum sp.

Mitosporic fungus. Hyphomycetes. Teleomorph (sexual state): Fomes, Peziza, Pyronema.

Oedocephalum species comprise a small proportion of the fungal biota. This genus is related to Gonatobotrys and possibly to Amblyosporium. No information is available regarding health effects, or toxicity. Allergenicity has not been studied. May be identified on surfaces by tape lifts, tease mounts from bulk samples, and in air by culturable (Andersen) and spore trap samples. (Spores have distinctive morphology.) Reported isolations include soil and waste compost. Our laboratory has isolated this organism occasionally from dust samples. It sporulates on initial isolation but forms only sterile mycelia on subsequent transfer.