Murispora Y. Zhang ter, J. Fourn. & K.D. Hyde, Stud. Mycol. 64: 95 (2009).

MycoBank number: MB 515472; Index Fungorum number: IF 515472; Facesoffungi number: FoF 08155; 7 morphological species (Species Fungorum 2020), 7 species with molecular data.

Type speciesMurispora rubicunda (Niessl) Y. Zhang ter, J. Fourn. & K.D. Hyde, Stud. Mycol. 64: 96 (2009).

Pleospora rubicunda Niessl, Verhandlungen des Naturforschenden Vereines in Brünn 14: 191 (1876).

Notes – Zhang et al. (2009c) introduced Murispora to accommodate Pleospora rubicunda which was pleospora-like but phylogenetically clustered with Amniculicolaceae species. It was a monospecific genus until Wanasinghe et al. (2015) introduced six new species viz. Murispora fagicola, M. galii, M. cardui, M. medicaginicola, M. cicognanii and M. hawksworthii from Italy and the UK. Murispora is a well-supported monophyletic genus and all species have DNA based sequence data. Morphologically, they are easier to distinguish from other species in Amniculicolaceae as the ascospores of this genus are muriform, whereas, Pseudomassariosphaeria and Amniculicola species are fusiform.

Fig. RAxML tree based on a combined dataset of LSU, SSU and TEF sequence data. Bootstrap support values for maximum parsimony (MP, red) and maximum likelihood (ML, black) higher than 75 % are defined as above the nodes and branches with Bayesian posterior probabilities greater than 0.95 are given in bold. The ex-type and reference strains are in bold ; the new isolates are in blue. The tree is rooted to hysterium angustatum (CBS 123334 and CBS 236.34).