Candida species are yeast-like fungi that form moist, pasty, and usually white colonies. Spores are produced along the easily fragmented filaments and become so numerous that the filaments can be entirely obscured. the spores can reproduce themselves by "budding". The species are common in soil and organic debris and can also cause human disease. Holomorphs: Hyphopichia, Issatchenkia, Metschnikowia, Saccharomycopsis, Stephanoascus. Ref: Barnett and Pankhurst 1974; Lodder 1970