Scopulariopsis is a genus of fungi closely related botanically to Penicillium. It differs therefrom mainly in the fact that the fruit head is less complex. Thus, whereas in Penicillium large numbers of branching conidiophores, each surmounted by a chain of conidia, extend from the main stem, in Scopulariopsis the number of such conidiophores is limited to four or five, or a conidiophore may be solitary. The end-result is thus only a partial approach to the formation of the classic brushlike aggregation of conidial chains which is so characteristic of Penicillium. However, in other respects Scopulariopsis closely resembles Penicillium, with its shorter or longer chains of conidia extending singly or in groups from the tips of conidiophores. Indeed, future studies may confirm a suspicion that Scopulariopsis is but a degraded form of Penicillium, as the synonymous designation, Penicillium brevicaule, indicates.
Species of Scopulariopsis are widely distributed in
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