ORGANZATION of COMA/PVMA FUNGI PHOTO COLLECTIONS & Descriptions
Between 2002 and 2013 I documented and helped in the identification of the fungi found during scheduled walks in the New York-Connecticut region of the northeast for the Connecticut-Westchester Mycological Association (COMA). The photos in this section of the website depict many of the most commonly found macrofungi found in the northeast of the North American continent, as well as some unusual finds. To these photos I am adding photos of fungi found where I now live in western MA with our local club, the Pioneer Valley Mycological Association (PVMA).
The recent changes in taxonomy and nomenclature led me to attempt to organize the COMA and PVMA photos in accordance with the latest accepted information available on phylogenetic relationships within a (changing) framework that is gradually becoming familiar even to amateur mycologists. While this attempt may at first be confusing for novices as well as experienced mycophiles who are used to the previously established ways of organizing mushrooms by shape, spore color and spore shape, ultimately everyone will get used to the new approach and will benefit from gaining a deeper understanding of the complexity of fungal relationships.
As of December 2016, the names of northeastern fungi on this site as well as on my CHECKLISTS are current and in accordance with INDEX FUNGORUM and MYCOBANK (which are not always uptodate). I will do my best to keep this site and our CHECKLISTS up-to-date.
I can guarantee that many fungi currently assigned to a particular order, family and genus will change, or at least their scientific names will change. I have already found instances where a name has been changed and then has been returned to the original one. So despite my best efforts, the site will inevitably feature placements which will become out of date. Also, I cannot guarantee that all of my identifications are 100% accurate, although I (surely blindly) believe more than 95% are pretty perfect matches for fungi described in many field guides of North American fungi. I am still learning how to be a more focused observer of fungi in all their ages, in their substrates, their complicated connections with partners and predators, ….. If you see any errors in the identifications associated with the images, I would be very appreciative if you let me know. Send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your comments.
TO USE THIS SITE
The photos of macrofungi displayed at www.fungikingdom.net are organized into two fungal divisions: the Ascomycota and the Basidiomycota. (Since mushroom enthusiasts have also long been interested in the so-called ‘Slime Molds’, I have also included on this site a collection of photos of specimens belonging to the Myxogastria). They are then arranged by Order, Family and Genus. This arrangement is a bit different from the usual way of organizing fungi in field guides in accordance with shared morphological characteristics, where, for example, all gastromycetes (puffballs, earthstars, etc.) are shown in the same section of the book.
Click on the division you are interested in viewing (Ascomycetes or Basidiomycetes), then the Order, Family and Genus.
If you want to look for a particular mushroom and do not know what order, family or genus it is in, go to the QUICK LINKS pages. They are organized the way most field guides are organized - by mainly macroscopic characteristics. They are treated alphabetically under the following familiar categories:
Note that many fungi are listed with two names: the new one (genus and species) followed by the old one (in parentheses) used in our older field guides. I have done this so it will be easy to find descriptions in the literature or online. You can use either name.
To see enlarged versions of each species photo, just click on it. Numerous photos have descriptions posted beneath them. More will be added as time permits.