Pochonia spp

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Pochonia chlamydosporia on the cuticle of the potato-cyst nematode Globodera rostochiensis[1]

Pochonia spp are a nematophagous fungal symbiont that is normally present on the cuticle of endoparasites such as Toxocara canis[2].

Species which have been reported in dogs include:

  • Pochonia chlamydosporia

Although this fungus has not been associated with phaeohyphomycosis in dogs, its role in pathogenisis of disease in immunocompromised dogs must be considered.

P. chlamydosporia has been trialed as a tool for the biological control of T. canis eggs in feces of contaminated dogs[3].


  1. Rothamsted Research
  2. Araujo JM et al (2012) Survival of Pochonia chlamydosporia in the gastrointestinal tract of experimentally treated dogs. Res Vet Sci 93(2):803-806
  3. Araujo JM et al (2009) Activity of the nematophagous fungi Pochonia chlamydosporia, Duddingtonia flagrans and Monacrosporium thaumasium on egg capsules of Dipylidium caninum. Vet Parasitol 166(1-2):86-89