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geophilous

[jē′äf·ə·ləs]
(ecology)
Living or growing in or on the ground.
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This fungi is a common geophilic dermatophyte widely distributed in soils globally and causes ringworm of the scalp and glabrous skin in human and animals (Ali and Rana, 2000).
Paracoccidioidomycosis (PCM) and histoplasmosis (H) are systemic mycosis produced by geophilic dimorphic fungi Paracoccidioides brasiliensis and Histoplasma capsulatum, respectively (1-3).
Geophilic fungi inhabit the soil, zoophilic organisms (Microsporum canis) live on animals, and anthropophilic fungi (Trichophytan tonsurans) live on humans (Fuller, Child, Midgley, & Higgins, 2003).
These categories are anthropophilic (those associated with humans only and are transmitted by close, direct human contact or through contaminated fomites), zoophilic (those associated with animals and are transmitted by close contact with animals or contaminated animal products), and geophilic (soil fungi transmitted to humans through direct exposure to soil or to dusty animals).
3] Based on habitat (Source of the keratin used), they are classified as Geophilic (Organism originates from soil), Anthropophilic (organism originates from humans), Zoophilic (Organism originates from animals).