Mitosporic fungus. Hyphomycetes.
Approx. 5 species.
Plant litter, soil, many types of plants and trees.
Yes, on a variety of substrates.
Very closely related to Stachybotrys.
M. echinata produces acetic acid.
Trichothecenes (trichodermol and trichodermin) and griseofulvins. Trichothecene toxicity is due to the ability to bind ribosomal protein. Griseofulvin has been made commercially available as an anti-dermatophyte drug.
Grows on general fungal media, forming dark gray to black colonies. In Memnoniella the spores do not slime down but are held in long chains.
Distinctive. Frequently found in conjunction with Stachybotrys species.
Distinctive, readily identifiable on tape lifts.