Type Specimen Catalog of Fungi
Work is underway to catalog the type specimens of fungi at the New York Botanical Garden Herbarium, as a continuation of the Type Specimen Catalog Project. The Cataloging of Vascular Plant Type Specimens was completed in 2002. The type specimens of rust fungi (Pucciniaceae) were completed several years ago, and types from recently incorporated herbaria (e.g., Tulane University, Kansas State University) have also been cataloged.
The current focus of the Type Specimen Catalog for Fungi is the mushrooms and related groups of fungi (i.e., Macrofungi). A complete type catalog record for Macrofungi includes a wider variety of elements than plant specimens, to permit a complete evaluation of key taxonomic features. These fungi are characterized by an ephemeral spore-bearing structure that changes drastically upon drying. Therefore, in addition to a transcription of the specimen label and an image of the specimen, type catalog records for fungi include text, images of associated unpublished notes and drawings, published descriptions and images of spore print, living organism, or microscopic features. These supplemental items, which are not all maintained physically with the related specimen, can now be associated with it virtually. Some of the items in the Macrofungi type specimen catalog are illustrated below.
List of taxa available in the catalog
To search the Fungi Type Specimen Catalog by name of plant or fungus (division, family, genus, species, or subspecific epithet), author, collector, collector number, barcode id, or type status, use the Basic Search box below. To search one or more specific fields in the database, choose the Detailed Search.
Searches in the Virtual Herbarium are by default word-based. The fastest searches are made by using whole words
as the criteria. Wildcard characters can be used to find partial words, but search times will be significantly longer. Some useful wildcards:
- Use an asterisk (*) as a substitute for any number of characters in a word. (Example: "South*" in
the State/Province field will return specimen records from any state containing a word beginning with "South" such
as "South Dakota, South Carolina, Southern Highlands, etc.)
- Use a circumflex (^) to indicate that the following text is to appear at the beginning of the field only.
(Example: "^Cyperus" in the Taxon field will return specimen records of the genus Cyperus while excluding
those of the species Dorstenia cyperus.)
Use quotation marks to search for exact phrases. Words not enclosed by quotation marks will be used to return records with all
of the words, but not necessarily in the order typed.