Lichenotheliales K. Knudsen, Muggia & K.D. Hyde.
MycoBank number: MB 805298; Index Fungorum number: IF 805298; Facesoffungi number: FoF 07698.
The order Lichenotheliales comprises non-lichenized taxa, including saprobic, lichenicolous, epiphytic or endolithic species growing on or within rocks where they are associated with algae (Hyde et al. 2013). These fungi are found in hot and cold arid regions worldwide (Muggia et al. 2015). Lichenotheliales comprises only Lichenotheliaceae which comprises one genus Lichenothelia and Endococcus. Ametrano et al. (2019) indicated that Lichenotheliales formed two clades within Dothideomycetes named Lichenotheliales sensu stricto and Lichenotheliales (1). The same result is shown in our analyses (Fig. 42). Lichenotheliales sensu stricto is monophyletic (Ametrano et al. 2019). The divergence time for Lichenotheliales is estimated as 265 MYA (stem age, Hongsanan et al. 2020).
Accepted families: Lichenotheliaceae.