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Literature (and other resources) for Myxo's

Posted: Tue May 19, 2015 6:21 pm
by Lancashire Lad
Modern day, in print, English language books on the subject of myxomycetes are few and far between. The UK myxo enthusiast is not particularly well catered for. However, the books mentioned below can still be found in various forms.
NB: Any links to book details are for information only, and confer no allegiance to any specific supplier. Books may be obtained from other suppliers from whom prices and availability may differ.

Myxomycetes – A Handbook of Slime Molds (Stephenson & Stempen), 183 pages, was originally published in 1994 – (But is now only available new as a paperback, black & white reprint published in year 2000). It can be useful, but only includes about 175 species. ... BvAC&hl=en

Les Myxomycètes – (Michel Poulain, Marianne Meyer, & Jean Bozonnet), at more than 1100 pages, is superb, but by no means inexpensive!
It is formatted as two volumes. The first containing truly excellent high magnification macro photographs and line drawn microscopic detail illustrations, (1 species per page). The second book contains written descriptions, keys, etc. etc. The book’s primary language is French – but all of the species descriptions and keys are also provided in English.

A Guide to Temperate Myxomycetes – (NE Nannenga-Bremekamp), 409 pages, and originally published in 1991, is now available translated into English. ... yxomycetes - I can’t comment on this one, as I haven’t seen the book.

Out of print books that can be tracked down include: -

The Myxomycetes of Britain and Ireland – (Bruce Ing), 374 pages, published in 1999, and now hideously expensive on the second hand market. However, this book is still the one to get for anyone interested in UK myxo’s, and if it can be found at a reasonable price, is highly recommended. ... ndbook~504
The book contains descriptions for almost all British species, including habitat, distribution, microscopic details, keys, glossary, and rudimentary black & white line illustrations.
Professor Ing has intimated that a paperback reprint is in the pipeline, (which will also include about 30 pages of additional species and more up-to-date information), but as yet, there is no indication of likely publication date.

A Monograph of the Mycetozoa – (Arthur Lister), ~ 400 pages, originally published in 1894, can be had as a modern day reissue, but only with b/w illustrations, (and beware of issues created by scanning and OCR technology that can lead to numerous imperfections).
However, a pdf download of the second revised edition (of 1911), with colour plates, can be had from the Internet Archive website. (See Link(s) Below).

Three long out of print books, but containing very useful and still valid species descriptions can be downloaded directly from the links below.
NB: Note that these are substantial PDF downloads!

The Myxomycetes; a descriptive list of the known species with special reference to those occurring in North America, 1934.
By Thomas Huston Macbride & George Willard Martin: - ... 00macb.pdf
(NB: The above link directly initiates the 18MB PDF download).

The Myxomycetes of Great Britain arranged according to the method of Rostafinski, 1877.
By Mordecai Cubitt Cooke: - ... 00cook.pdf
(NB: The above link directly initiates the 11MB PDF download).

A monograph of the Mycetozoa, 2nd revised edition, 1911.
By Arthur Lister & Gulielma Lister. ... ituoft.pdf
(NB: The above link directly initiates the 30MB PDF download).


Re: Literature for Myxo's

Posted: Thu May 21, 2015 12:58 pm
by Pitufo
Very useful info. I hope the Bruce Ing paperback appears soon...I could do with a copy..

These links are also a good free resource for Myxomycetes

Illustrations from the The Myxomycetes (Martin, 1969), Courtesy of U of A

More from University of Arkansas

Re: Literature for Myxo's

Posted: Thu May 21, 2015 4:56 pm
by marksteer
This is a site I've used quite a lot:

Re: Literature (and other resources) for Myxo's

Posted: Sat Oct 29, 2016 2:06 pm
by Lancashire Lad
I thought that I'd posted these some time back - but apparently not.

So just a head's up for two very useful websites for top quality myxo photos.
Just a pity that their content isn't arranged in A-Z alphabetical order, but nevertheless, superb quality reliably ID'd macro and micro shots - if the species you are looking for happens to be included. ... source=pwa ... source=pwa


Re: Literature (and other resources) for Myxo's

Posted: Sat Oct 29, 2016 9:22 pm
by Waxcap
Some lovely photo's in those links Mike. I don't really understand Google album archives but how can you tell that these are "reliably ID'd"?


Re: Literature (and other resources) for Myxo's

Posted: Sun Oct 30, 2016 11:54 am
by Lancashire Lad
Hi Dave,

I’ve been referring to both of these galleries since I first found them, not long after I got interested in fungi, and found my first myxo’s.

They used to be "Picasaweb" albums, which presumably have been taken over by Google - apparently Picasaweb is no longer supported by Google, and these are the Google Archive versions.

Unfortunately, the layout and details provided in the galleries has substantially changed – they used to include a basic “CV” for want of a better term, of the person, but now it seems that they don’t (or at least I haven’t been able to find them).

However, one of the galleries is that of Dr Dalibor Matysek. - By profession, a research geochemist (who also goes by the name mat60 on the web), of Technical University of Ostrava, Czech Republic, and well known in Czech fungal circles (See more of his work on the website).

The other is that of Juana Arrabal Vargas, who specialises in myxo’s: - “Estudio de micologia y myxomycetes” in Madrid, Spain.

You should be able to find quite a bit of information on both of them if you websearch.

I think you would agree that neither would be likely to post things that wouldn’t have been thoroughly researched.


Re: Literature (and other resources) for Myxo's

Posted: Tue Nov 01, 2016 11:45 am
by Waxcap
Thanks Mike,

I thought I'd seen the names and some of the images elswhere but, as you say there's no information about the photographers on the site and I didn't look hard enough.



Re: Literature (and other resources) for Myxo's

Posted: Tue Oct 31, 2017 11:03 am
by adampembs
New book on Myxos - published August 2017. It looks more like a general book on biology rather than a field guide though.
"Myxomycetes : Biology, Systematics, Biogeography and Ecology" - Carlos Rojas Alvarado, Steven L. Stephenson (Eds.)

Re: Literature (and other resources) for Myxo's

Posted: Mon Nov 27, 2017 8:32 pm
by adampembs
Les Myxomyxcetes has been re-printed and now available for £118. Believe it or not, this is much cheaper than it was on a the used market. Hardly what I'd call a steal, but books of this size and speciality are usually this price.