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I had an inspection last week on a vacant, bank owned property. The sellers had thoughtfully thrown some items into all of the toilets to entertain me. When I opened the lid on one of them, it almost looked like the wig from a doll sitting in the bowl. Very fine strands of extremely glossy, black thread-like material crisscrossed over the underlying material. In looking more closely at it, I realized it had grown there, possibly some sort of fungus. The second photo shows the round shapes present at the ends of each strand.

While I didn't get real close and breathe deeply, there was not a really strong smell.


Does anyone know what it is? I couldn't find anything that was any help when I Google'd it.

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I see that stuff pretty often in crawlspaces, growing out of piles of animal poop. It's some kind of fungus. I don't know the official name, but I call it black thready poop fungus.

- Jim Katen, Oregon

Yeah, I've seen it there on occasion too. I just haven't ever seen it inside. Getting a decent pic of it in a crawlspace was that much more challenging.

I also wonder what the white, spiky growth found on dead insects in the crawlspace is. That's oddly interesting also.

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Don't know what it is, but thanks for sharing. [:)]

It could be related to crawlspace hair fungus alright. Should we care? [:)]

I found some of that a few weeks ago. The picture is not great, but that's as close as I was going to get. [:)]

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That photo looks like Don King's hair...
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