Characteristics: It is not pathogenic. Not considered toxic. Allergenicity has not been widely studied.
Description: Chrysosporium species are common and comprise a heterogeneous group whose taxonomy has been widely debated. This genus is keratinophilic and/or cellulolytic and is closely related to the dermatophytes, those organisms infecting the skin. Geomyces is considered by some to be a Chrysosporium species.
Health effects include rare reports of onychomycosis, skin lesions, and endocarditis.
No information is available regarding toxicity.
Allergenicity has not been widely studied. Natural habitat includes soil, dung, children’s sand boxes, seeds, birds’ nests, and plant remains such as leaf litter.