Austropleospora R.G. Shivas & L. Morin, Fungal Divers. 40(1): 70 (2010).

MycoBank number: MB 512742; Index Fungorum number: IF 512742; Facesoffungi number: FoF 00539; 2 morphological species (Species Fungorum 2020), 2 species with molecular data.

Type speciesAustropleospora osteospermi R.G. Shivas & L. Morin, Fungal Divers. 40(1): 70 (2010).

Notes – Morin et al. (2010) introduced Austropleospora to accommodate A. osteospermi as the type species which was collected on Chrysanthemoides monilifera subsp. rotundata (Asteraceae). Austropleospora species are characterized in having scattered and immersed ascomata with a protruding neck, filiform, septate, branched pseudoparaphyses, 6-8-spored, clavate to cylindrical asci and dictyosporous, ellipsoidal, yellowish brown ascospores (Morin et al. 2010). Additionally, Morin et al. (2010) collected Hendersonia osteospermi Wakef. on the same host and identified it as the asexual morph of A. osteospermi According to the ITS sequence analysis Morin et al. (2010) placed Austropleospora under Pleosporales without assigning it to any family. Thambugala et al. (2014d) accommodated Austropleospora in Pleosporaceae based on morphological similarities, but Ariyawansa et al. (2015a) excluded Austropleospora from Pleosporaceae and included in Didymosphaeriaceae. Recently, Austropleospora keteleeriae was introduced by Jayasiri et al. (2019) from decaying cone of Keteleeria fortune.