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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Fungi
Division: Ascomycota
Class: Dothideomycetes
Order: Pleosporales
Family: Massarinaceae
Munk (1956)
Type genus
Sacc. (1883)


The Massarinaceae are a family of fungi in the order Pleosporales. Although taxa have a cosmopolitan distribution, they are better-known in temperate regions. They are thought to be saprobic in wood and bark; some species are weak pathogens.[1]

In 2013, Quaedvlieg and colleagues expanded this family with the genus Stagonospora by showing that the type of the fungal genus Stagonospora (Stagonospora paludosa) actually clustered inside the Massarinaceae and not in the Phaeosphaeriaceae as was previously assumed. This also caused that the Phaeosphaeriaceae located genus previously known as Stagonospora, incorporating several important pathogens on grasses (e.g. Stagonospora nodorum and S. avenae), was subsequently renamed into Parastagonospora.[2]


  1. ^ Cannon PF, Kirk PM (2007). Fungal Families of the World. Wallingford, UK: CAB International. ISBN 0-85199-827-5. 
  2. ^ Quaedvlieg W, Verkley GJM, Shin H-D, Barreto RW, Alfenas AC, Swart WJ, Groenewald JZ, Crous PW (2013). "Sizing up Septoria" (PDF). Studies in Mycology. 75: 307–390. PMC 3713890Freely accessible. PMID 24014902. doi:10.3114/sim0017.