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Temporal range: Pragian–recent
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Helvella crispa
Scientific classification
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Fungi
Division: Ascomycota
Subdivision: Pezizomycotina

Pezizomycotina contains the filamentous ascomycetes and is a subphylum of the Ascomycota (fungi which form their spores in a sac-like ascus). It is more or less synonymous with the older taxon Euascomycota.[1] These fungi reproduce by fission rather than budding and this subdivision includes almost all the ascus fungi which have fruiting bodies visible to the naked eye (exception: genus Neolecta which belongs to the Taphrinomycotina).

See the taxobox for a list of the classes which make up the Pezizomycotina. The old class Loculoascomycetes (consisting of all the bitunicate Ascomycota) has been replaced by the two classes Eurotiomycetes and Dothideomycetes. The rest of the Pezizomycotina also include the previously defined hymenial groups Discomycetes (now Leotiomycetes) and Pyrenomycetes (Sordariomycetes).

Paleopyrenomycites from the Early Devonian Rhynie Chert is the oldest known fossil member of Pezizomycotina, although its position within this subphylum is unclear.[2]


  1. ^ Spatafora JW, Sung G-H, Johnson D, Hesse C, O'Rourke B, Serdani M, Spotts R, Lutzoni F, Hofstetter V, Miadlikowska J, Reeb V, Gueidan C, Fraker E, Lumbsch T, Lücking R, Schmitt I, Hosaka K, Aptroot A, Roux C, Miller AN, Geiser DM, Hafellner J, Hestmark G, Arnold AE, Büdel B, Rauhut A, Hewitt D, Untereiner WA, Cole MS, Scheidegger C, Schultz M, Sipman H, Schoch CL, 2006. A five-gene phylogeny of Pezizomycotina. Mycologia 98: 1018-1028.
  2. ^ Beimforde, C.; Feldberg, K.; Nylinder, S.; Rikkinen, J.; Tuovila, H.; Dörfelt, H.; Gube, M.; Jackson, D. J.; Reitner, J.; Seyfullah, L. J.; Schmidt, A. R. (2014). "Estimating the Phanerozoic history of the Ascomycota lineages: Combining fossil and molecular data". Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2014.04.024. 

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