Eurotiomycetes (entomopathogens)

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culture of a species of Paecilomyces (click on image to enlarge it)
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Eurotiomycetes (entomopathogens)

This class of ascomycete fungi is mainly defined by its DNA sequence. Penicillium and Aspergillus are familiar members of this group. There are 2 types of sexual fruiting bodies:

  • perithecia, often covered with sharp spines, which have an opening from which the ascospores are released, or
  • cleistothecia and related structures which are typically completely closed and the ascospores are released when these structures break open or are opened by animals.

Note:
This page only deals with entomopathogenic species. For other groups of Eurotiomycetes in the system see


The following orders of entomopathogenic Dothideomycetes are included in the system: