Web Resources

There are a lot of great internet resources for lichens and fungi. Here are some of our favorites:

Mushroom Online Resources

  • Index Fungorum: the global fungal nomenclator coordinated and supported by the Index Fungorum Partnership (CABI, CBS, Landcare Research-NZ), contains names of fungi (including yeasts, lichens, chromistan fungal analogues, protozoan fungal analogues and fossil forms) at all ranks.
  • Index of Fungi: A fungal database maintained by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service (USDA, ARS). Includes databases of specimens, literature, nomenclature, and Fungus-Host relationships.
  • Matchmaker: Mushrooms of the Pacific Northwest (MMPNW) An online aid to identifying mushrooms. Enter the most distinctive features of your mushroom and the computer creates a list of species that closest match that set of features. Over 2000 gilled mushrooms of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and British Columbia are included, including illustrations.
  • Mushroomexpert (Michael Kou) This is a great website with beginners pages, tips on photography, identification techniques, keys and mushroom descriptions with photographs.
  • Mushroom Observer A place for amateur and professional mycologists to record observations about mushrooms, help people identify mushrooms they aren’t familiar with, and expand the community around the scientific exploration of mushrooms.
  • Mykoweb (Michael Wood): With links to Fungi of California which includes descriptions of over 400 species and nearly 5,000 photographs.
  • www.mycology.net Internet portal from scientists for scientists presenting information about the diversity of fungi. (Navigation on this site is clunky, be sure to click the right sidebar menus to access content.)
  • Pacific Northwest Key Council The Pacific Northwest Key Council is dedicated to the creation and publication of field keys to the fungi of the Pacific Northwest. Keys, photographs, and other resources available online.
  • Tom Volk’s Fungi An entertaining and informative site by Tom Volk of The University of Wisconsin La Crosse. Has a popular “Mushroom of the Month” feature and links to photographs, articles, and descriptions.
  • Puget Sound Mycological Society is one of the largest mushroom societies in North America. PSMS fosters understanding and appreciation of Mycology as a hobby and a science. Lots of great resources on the website. They also host a spectacular Wild Mushroom Show every October.

Lichen Online Resources

  • Lichenland, NACSE Fun with lichens from Oregon State University, great synoptic key.
  • LIAS  A Global Information System for Lichenized and Non-Lichenized Ascomycetes. A multi-authored, distributed internet project containing information about phylogeny and biodiversity.
  • A Cumulative Checklist for the Lichen-forming, Lichenicolous and Allied Fungi of the Continental United States and Canada.
  • Ways of Enlichenment A website for the upcoming book, Ways of Enlichenment by Trever Goward and Andy Mckinnon, includes essays, keys, and lichen resources.
  • Lichens of North America A website for the book By Irwin M. Brodo, Sylvia Duran Sharnoff, and Stephen Sharnoff , great list of links to lichen resources and photos, especially check this link to high quality photos from the book.

General Taxonomic Online Resources

Societies and Associations
American Bryological and Lichenological Society
International Association for Lichenology
The British Lichen Society
California Lichen Society

North American Mycological Society                                                                     Mycological Society of America                                                                                       The British Mycological Society



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