Unidentified tropical fungi

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Unidentified tropical fungi

Post by TWWoffungi » Fri Jul 05, 2019 6:45 pm

So, I have just spent 6 moths in Peru. I am trying to put together a small field Guide with all fungi I came across. Identifying species was very difficult with a lack of resources and the general understudied state of tropical fungi.
Any help and ideas with the pictures I post will be greatly appreciated and go towards creating a vital resource for fungi lovers.
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Re: Unidentified tropical fungi

Post by adampembs » Wed Jul 10, 2019 8:43 am

I think the task you are setting yourself is impossible without those resources, especially microscopy.
Each species needs to be properly described, with full field notes, dried samples for full microscopical analysis.
I understand field equipment is limited, but samples can be preserved for study when you have access to facilities.
Then, I'd suggest you contact the British Mycological Society to find out who to work with in South America for identification of species.
Maybe some others here know about tropical fungi... looking at the one you post, it has the look of a Paxillus, but clearly not the ones we have in the UK.
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Re: Unidentified tropical fungi

Post by Chris Yeates » Thu Jul 11, 2019 12:11 am

Echoing Adam's comments
I fear you have a near impossible task. In these days when identification of unfamiliar species in under-studied areas is based on DNA studies, for each species you would need:

* good descriptions of each fungus in the living state
* micro-images, preferably from fresh/living material
* carefully dried material, suitable for sequencing
* the finances and resources (and willing partners) to undertake such sequencing.

PS I don't think (pace Adam) that's a Paxillus - beautiful fungus though,and possibly nameable on gross morphology. But I suspect most ofyour collections will not be so distinctive.
Chris

PS I assume you are aware of the (open source) https://www.researchgate.net/publicatio ... pdate_2012
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