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Aspergillus niger Tiegh. nom. cons. Link to species page

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A niger conidial head
A niger colonies growing on laboratory medium
A niger conidia
Aspergillus niger
Aspergillus niger
A niger conidial head, colour image
Aspergillus niger culture
A.niger colony

Colonies on CYA 60 mm or more diam, usually covering the whole Petri dish, plane, velutinous, of low, usually subsurface, white mycelium, surmounted by a layer of closely packed, black conidial heads, ca 2-3 mm high; reverse usually pale, sometimes pale to bright yellow. Colonies on MEA varying from 30-60 mm diam, usually smaller than those on CYA and often quite sparse by comparison, otherwise similar. Colonies on G25N 18-30 mm diam, plane, velutinous, with white or pale yellow mycelium visible at the margins, otherwise similar to those on CYA; reverse pale or occasionally with areas of deep brown. No growth at 5°C. At 37°C, colonies 60 mm or more diam, covering the available space, sometimes sulcate, otherwise similar to those on CYA at 25°C.

Conidiophores borne from surface hyphae, 1.0-3.0 mm long, with heavy, hyaline, smooth walls; vesicles spherical, usually 50-75 µm diam, bearing closely packed metulae and phialides over the whole surface; metulae 10-15 µm long, or sometimes more; phialides 7-10 µm long; conidia spherical, 4-5 µm diam, brown, with walls conspicuously roughened or sometimes striate, borne in large, radiate heads.

Distinctive features

One of the best known of all fungal species, Aspergillus niger is distinguished by its spherical black conidia, derived from colonies which show little or no other colouring.

Produced by J. Pitt, April 1998

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