Melanocarpus Arx, Stud. Mycol. 8: 17 (1975)

Index Fungorum number: IF 3063; MycoBank number: MB 3063Facesoffungi number: FoF 13040; 5 morphological species (Species Fungorum 2020), 4 species with sequence data.

Type speciesMelanocarpus albomyces (Cooney & R. Emers.) von Arx

Notes – Based on previous studies and phylogenetic analyses of combined rpb2, tub2, ITS and LSU sequence datasets, Wang et al. (2016a, 2019b) consolidated its placement in Chaetomiaceae (Maharachchikumbura et al. 2015, 2016b, Wijayawardene et al. 2018a). The genus is characterised by ascomata that are superficial, or enclosed within white aerial mycelium, often aggregated, globose, black, glabrous or with a few hypha-like hyaline hairs, lacking ostioles; asci that are fasciculate, ovate to broadly ovate, pedicellate, early evanescent; ascospores that are brown at maturity, ovate to broadly ovate, bilaterally flattened, with an apical pore; and asexual morphs undetermined.


  • Melanocarpus albomyces