Family Stereaceae Pilát

Hedwigia 70: 34 (1930)

Type: Stereum Hill ex Pers. 1794

This is the core group of stereoid fungi. There are 3 genera in the Chicago Region. They have a smooth hymenium on a pileate, effused-reflexed, or discoid fruitbody. They cause a white rot on dead wood and are often found in large numbers. Our Aleurodiscus grows on bark of living trees.

  1. Aleurodiscus
  2. Stereum
  3. Xylobolus
The stereoid fungi were previously placed in the family Thelephoraceae when it had a broad morphological concept. For a recent phylogeny see Wu et al. (2001).
Related links:
Wu, S.-H., D. S. Hibbett, and M. Binder 2001. Phylogenetic Analyses of Aleurodiscus s.l. and Allied Genera. Mycologia 93(4): 720-731. JSTOR
Taxon links:
81424 MycoBank ; Index Fungorum