Trichophyton interdigidale (a.k.a. Athlete's Foot)
A. Species Name
- Trichophyton interdigidale
B. Native Enviroment
- On the bottom of people's feet thrives because of the warm moist skin caused by wearing socks and shoes all the time in our current society
- It is imperfect becuase the perfect stage has not been found, and there is no sexual reproduction phase.
- It can also be cuased by a lack of ventilation to the feet. This allows the gungus to grow far quicker and easier.
- Athlete's Foot would effect other animals except that other animals have there feet ventilated all the time, which does not allow athlete's foot to occur as easily.
- It is possile for barefoot humans to still develop Athlete's foot.
C. Characteristics of the Organism
- It causes Athlete's Foot along with many other organisms including Epidermophyton floccosum, Microsporum, and the human disease (ugly toenail fungus)
- Can be extremely resistant to many treatments depending on the form of the Athlete's foot
- Not very contagious, but should be treated early to prevent its spread throughout the foot, if it spread it would be unpleasant.
D. Adaptations to the Environment
- Trichophyta interdigidale is well adapted to its native enviroment becase it can easily infect a human foot.
- There is also a very good chance that everyone will, at some point, get Athelet's foot
- It is also very well adapted becuase it can resist many treatments very well, and is slowly evovling to be immune to all the treatments.
- Therefore, more treatments must discovered all the time, to keep it from becoming untreatable.
E. Ecological and Medical Roles
- Athlete's Foot plays one very important part medically, it provides many people with a rather paiful annoyance that was constantly have new drugs made to combat it.
- Fortunatley, Athlete's Foot does not evovle fast enoough to prove any serious threat as on of the"Superbugs" that is immune to all antibiotics.
- Even so, it is an annoyance to many people, and will probably an anoyance to everyone at some point.
F. A Picture or Sample of the Organism
Three Images of Trichophyton interdigidale