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Mango sooty blotch (317) Print Fact Sheet

Common Name

Mango sooty blotch

Scientific Name

Guignardia mangiferae; this is the sexual state of the fungus. The asexual state is recorded as Phyllosticta anacardiacearum and Phyllosticta capitalensis.


Worldwide. In tropical, sub-tropical and temperate counties. Asia, Africa, North, South and Central America, the Caribbean, Europe, Oceania.  It is recorded from Cook Islands, Fiji, Niue, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, and Tonga.


Mango. It is recorded as a pathogen and an endophyte from a broad range of plants. An endophyte is a fungus, or a bacterium, that lives inside a plant without causing a disease.

Symptoms & Life Cycle

An unimportant fungus affecting mango and causing leafspots. Often as a symptomless endophyte, i.e., growing inside plant tissues without causing a disease. Leaf spots on mango are known from North America (Miami), Brazil, Ghana, India, and Fiji.

The leaf spots occur on seedlings, circular or irregular, up to 5 mm diam., grey with a dark brown or black border. Only the asexual, Phyllosticta stage occurs in the leaf spots. The sexual, Guignardia stage, occurs on dead leaves.

The fungus is spread in rain and wind.


A minor disease of little economic impact.

Detection & Inspection

Look for the grey leaf spots with dark brown or black margins on leaves. Look for the black dots of the fruit bodies in the spots on the upper leaf surface.


There is no treatment suggested for this disease as it is of little or no economic importance.

AUTHORS Grahame Jackson & Eric McKenzie 
Photos 1&2 (taken by Eric McKenzie), and used in this fact sheet, appeared previously in McKenzie E (2013) Guignardia mangiferae PaDIL - (

Produced with support from the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research under project PC/2010/090: Strengthening integrated crop management research in the Pacific Islands in support of sustainable intensification of high-value crop production, implemented by the University of Queensland and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community.

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