|Description:||Magnified 500X, this photomicrograph revealed the presence of the fungal organism, Schizophyllum commune, which is made evident by the visible S. commune mycelium. The mycelium is composed of numerous branching filaments known as hyphae, and is considered the vegetative portion of the mold.|
The fungus S. commune is a member of the class Basidiomycetes, and ubiquitous organism, believed to be the world’s most widely distributed mold. Molds are microscopic fungi, which as they grow, form the hyphae that often impart a velvety, fuzzy macroscopic appearance to these fungal colonies. See PHIL 307 for a macroscopic appearance of an S. commune fungal colony.