Mucor spp.

Health Effects

May cause mucorosis in immune compromised individuals (6). The sites of infection are the lung, nasal sinus, brain, eye, and skin (6). Infection may have multiple sites (6).


A Zygomycetes fungus which may be allergenic (skin and bronchial tests) (717).

Growth Media

Often found in soil, dead plant material, horse dung, fruits and fruit juice. (17) It is also found in leather, meat, dairy products, animal hair, and jute (17). This organism and other Zygomycetes will grow rapidly on most fungal media.


Mold Reference Key

Abbreviation Reference
Aw Water Activity (Equilibrium relative humidity/100)
E Paul Ellringer
MAC McGregor Pearce - personal experience
NC Neil Carlson - personal experience
(1-27) Refer to Fungal Reference page

N. Carlson 9/92; Rev. 4/93, 7/93, 9/93, 1/94, 2/94,2/95,4/95, 5/96, 7/96

Mucor sp.