A rapidly growing fungus that produces a pale to olive-green, white, pink or salmon colony within ten days, when incubated at 25oC (77oF). It is very common worldwide. It can be isolated from soil, salt marshes, desert soil, mangrove swamp, sewage sludge, foodstuffs, bird feathers, wood pulp, animal dung, cotton fabric, leather, and frescoes of a monastery. It produces a mycotoxin (gliotoxin) which is toxic to animals, shrimp, fish, and plants. There have not been any substantiated reports of human infections, however, it can cause allergic disease.