Glonium circumserpens, photographed by Eric Boehm.

Belongs within: Dothideomycetes.

The Hysteriaceae are a family of fungi that are mostly saprobic on wood or bark, with some species lichenicolous (Cannon & Kirk 2007).

Characters (from Cannon & Kirk 2007): Ascostromata perithecial, erumpent or superficial, often aggregated, elongated, sometimes branched, wider than tall, opening by a longitudinal split; peridium black, very thick-walled, composed of pseudoparenchymatous cells. Interascal tissue of narrow cellular pseudoparaphyses. Asci cylindrical, fissitunicate, with a distinct ocular chamber. Ascospores hyaline to brown, variously septate, sometimes with a mucous sheath. Anamorphs varied.

Hysteriaceae [Hysteriales]
    |--Farlowiella EB03
    |--Gloniella EB03
    |--Gloniopsis EB03
    |--Hysterium EB03
    |--Hysterocarina EB03
    |--Hysteroglonium EB03
    |--Hysterographium EB03
    |--Hysteropatella EB03
    |--Pseudoscypha EB03
    `--Glonium EB03
         `--‘Melaspilea’ circumserpens E99

*Type species of generic name indicated


Cannon, P. F., & P. M. Kirk. 2007. Fungal Families of the World. CABI.

[E99] Eriksson, O. E. (ed.) 1999. Notes on ascomycete systematics. Nos 2440-2755. Myconet 2: 1-41.

[EB03] Eriksson, O. E., H. O. Barah, R. S. Currah, K. Hansen, C. P. Kurtzman, G. Rambold & T. Laess√łe (eds.) 2003. Outline of Ascomycota—2003. Myconet 9: 1-89.

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