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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Fungi
Division: Ascomycota
Class: Eurotiomycetes
Order: Eurotiales
Family: Elaphomycetaceae
Genus: Monascus
Tiegh., 1884

Monascus is a genus of mold. Among the known species of this genus, the red-pigmented Monascus purpureus is among the most important because of its use in the production of certain fermented foods in East Asia, particularly China and Japan.



Phylogeny as given by Bisby et al., 2000, who put the genus into a separate family Monascaceae.[1]


Monascus kaoliang

Monascus pilosus

Monascus aurantiacus

Monascus floridanus

Monascus eremophilus

Monascus ruber

Monascus purpureus

Monascus argentinensis





  1. ^ "Catalogue of Life - 2011 Annual Checklist :: Search all names". Retrieved 23 October 2017. 

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