Aulographaceae Luttr. ex P.M. Kirk et al., in Kirk et al., Edn 9 (Wallingford): ix (2001).
= Aulographaceae Luttr., in Ainsworth, Sparrow & Susmann, The Fungi (London) 4A: 154 (1973)
Notes: The family Aulographaceae was introduced by Luttrell (1973) and was based on the tribe Aulographées (Arnaud 1930) which is an invalid name (Index Fungorum 2014). Luttrell (1973) did not provide a Latin diagnosis and thus his family was also invalid, however this was later validated with a Latin diagnosis in Kirk et al. (2001). The family is characterized by brown often inconspicuous hyphae which lack appressoria and flattened, elongate thyriothecia, opening by a slit. The upper wall comprises a thin layer of radiating, meandering cells, pseudoparaphyses are absent, asci are clavate to broadly cylindrical and ascospores are 2-celled and hyaline to brown. We treat Aulographaceae as being distinct from Asterinaceae based on the elongate thyriothecia with slit-like, X- or Y-shaped dehiscence and lack of appressoria in species of Aulographaceae. Aulographaceae is excluded from Asterinales based on morphology and phylogeny, while Lembosiaceae is synonym of Asterinaceae based on morphology and phylogeny (Fig. 1).
Fig. 1 RAxML maximum likelihood phylogenetic tree (LSU). Numbers to the left of the nodes are RAxML value expressed from 1,000 repetitions with values above 50 % shown. Numbers to the right of the nodes are Bayesian posterior probabilities, with values above 90 % shown. Strain numbers are indicated after species names. New sequence data are in red and other ex-types are in bold