Biology

Difference Between Mucor and Rhizopus

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Main Difference

The main difference between Mucor and Rhizopus is that the Mucor is the fungi that do not contain any rhizoids and stolons, whereas the Rhizopus is the fungi that contain stolons and rhizoids.

Mucor vs. Rhizopus

Mucor is the type of fungi that is cylindrical and round-shaped that is not limited to the location to points; on the other hand, rhizopus is the type of fungi that contains some distinct forms. The common name of the mucor is known as pin mold; on the flip side, the common name of the rhizopus is known as the black mold. Mucor is the genus mold that does not contain any type of rhizoids; on the opposite side, rhizopus is the genus mold that contains branched rhizoids.

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Mucor also contain branched shaped sporangiophore; on the other side of the coin, rhizopus usually contain an unbranched form of the sporangiophore. Mucor is the genus mold that does not contain any stolons; on the other hand, rhizopus is the genus mold that contains stolons connected to the sporangiophores. Mucor is the fungus that does not provide any apophyses; on the flip side, rhizopus is the fungus that contains apophyses present in the sporangia.

Mucor also produces sporangial collarette only on dissolving; on the opposite side, rhizopus does not produce any sporangial collarette even on dissolving. Mucor cannot grow and reproduce at a high temperature; on the other side of the coin, the pathogenic species of rhizopus can grow and print at a high temperature. Mucor is considered as general contaminant; on the other hand, rhizopus is considered as generally invasive. The color of colonies of mucor is white to gray; on the other hand, the color of colonies of rhizopus is yellow to brown.

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Comparison Chart

MucorRhizopus
Mucor is the type of fungi that is cylindrical and round-shaped that is not limited to the location to pointsRhizopus is the type of fungi that contains some distinct forms
Common Name
Its common name is pin moldIts common name is black mold
Rhizoids
It does not contain rhizoidsIt contains rhizoids attach with branched sporangiophore
Sporangiophore
It contains branched sporangiophoreIt contains unbranched sporangiophore
Stolons
It does not contain stolonsIt contains stolons that are attached to the rhizoids
Apophyses
It does not contain apophysesIt contains apophyses present in the sporangia
Sporangial Collarette
It produces sporangial collarette only on dissolvingIt does not produce sporangial collarette even on dissolving
At High Temperature
It cannot grow and reproduce at high temperatureIts pathogenic species can grow and reproduce at high temperature
Pathogenicity
It is generally a contaminantIt is usually an invasive
Colonies
Its colonies color are white to gray, cotton candy, and darken with the timeIts colonies color are yellow to brown, matches the cotton candy, and darken with the age

What is Mucor?

Mucor is the type of fungus that is cylindrical and pear-shaped, which is just limited to the location. The common name of mucor is the pink mold. It is the fungi that do not contain any rhizoids and stolons in its sporangiophore present in its structure. At a high temperature, it does not have the ability to grow and reproduce. The colonies of mucor can grow very rapidly and are white to gray.

These colonies of mucor generally darken into black with the passage of time. The hyphae of mucor colonies are fast-growing and have branched sporangiophore. It also has a sporangial collarette that is produced only on dissolving. These sporangial collarettes are generally well-developed. There are no apophyses that are present in the branched sporangiophore of the mucor. The pathogenicity of mucor is usually a contaminant.

What is Rhizopus?

Rhizopus is the type of fungus mold that is round in shape and has a very distinct form in its colonies. It is the type of fungi that also contains some rhizoids and also some stolons in the sporangiophore that is present in its structure. It is also commonly known as the black mold. At a high temperature, it can grow and reproduce its pathogenic species. The colonies of rhizopus are yellow and brown. It usually darkens into gray with the passage of time.

These colonies have an ability to grow very rapidly and fastly, especially the pathogenic species. Its sporangiophore is unbranched, but it has some of rhizoids and stolons in its structure. Unlike mucor, it does not have the ability to produce sporangial collarette even on dissolving. The colonies are well developed and can grow very rapidly. There are apophyses also present in its unbranched sporangiophore of the rhizopus. The pathogenicity of rhizopus is generally invasive.

Key Differences

  1. Mucor is the fungus that does not have rhizoids; on the other hand, rhizopus is the fungus that contains rhizoids in sporangiophore.
  2. Mucor is the genus mold of fungi that do not contain stolons; on the flip side, rhizopus is the genus mold that contains stolons in the sporangiophore.
  3. Mucor is the fungus that does not contain apophyses; on the opposite side, rhizopus is the fungus that apophyses in sporangiophore.
  4. Mucor is the type of fungi that is cylindrical and round-shaped that is not limited to the location to points; on the other hand, rhizopus is the type of fungi that contains some distinct forms.
  5. Mucor contains branched sporangiophore in its structure; on the other side of the coin, rhizopus is contained an unbranched sporangiophore in its construction.
  6. The pathogenicity of mucor is generally a contaminant; on the flip side, the pathogenicity of rhizopus is usually invasive.
  7. The common name mucor is pin mold; on the other hand, the common name of rhizopus is black mold.
  8. The colonies of mucor are cotton candy, white to gray, and darken with the passage of time; on the other side of the coin, the colonies of rhizopus are yellow to brown and generally darken into gray with the passage of time.
  9. Mucor is the type of fungi that has an ability to produce sporangial collarette only on dissolving; on the flip side, rhizopus is the type of fungi that does not has an ability to produce sporangial collarette even on dissolving.
  10. Mucor cannot grow at a high temperature; on the other hand, the pathogenic species of rhizopus can grow at a high temperature.

Conclusion

The above discussion concludes that mucor is the fungi that are deficient in rhizoids and stolons; on the other hand, rhizopus is the fungi that contains rhizoids and stolons.

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