A chlamydospore is the thick-walled big resting spore of several kinds of fungi, including Ascomycota such as Candida,[1] Basidiomycota such as Panus.,[2] and various Mortierellales species.[3] It is the life-stage which survives in unfavourable conditions, such as dry or hot seasons.

Chlamydospores of the yeast Candida albicans

Chlamydospores are usually dark-coloured, spherical, and have a smooth (non-ornamented) surface. They are multicellular, the cells being connected by pores in septae between cells.

Chlamydospores are a result of asexual reproduction (in which case they are conidia called chlamydoconidia) or sexual reproduction (rare). Teliospores are special kind of chlamydospores of rusts and smuts.

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