webpage serves as a cross-reference for websites related to the science of mycology (the study of
fungi) within the state of Arizona. The
Arizona Mycota Project (AMP) solicits the help of volunteer contributors to collect data
(e.g., specimens and/or images) to help increase our knowledge of fungi (particularly macrofungi) in the state.
The Checklist of Arizona Macrofungi, Lichens, and Slime Molds is a database
that contains over five thousand records documenting nearly thirteen hundred species of macrofungi and nearly one hundred fifty species
of slime molds that have been reported from the state. Mycophiles (lovers of fungi) with an interest in forays and/or
mycophagy (eating fungi, especially wild mushrooms) may also find the
Arizona Mushroom Club a valuable resource.
Several institutions maintain collections of Arizona fungi or house specimens
collected in the state. The Arizona State University Lichen Herbarium
(ASU) houses over one-hundred thousand lichen specimens (many from
Arizona and the
greater Sonoran region), and records of these lichenized
fungi can be accessed via the
Southwest Environmental Information Network (SEINet).
The University of Arizona Robert L. Gilbertson Mycological Herbarium (ARIZ)
houses approximately thirty-five thousand (and growing) fungal specimens and records of these, many of which are from the state, will
soon be available via an online database from the herbarium's website. Other herbaria that contain specimens from Arizona include:
New York Botanical Garden (NY),
Oregon State University Herbarium (OSC), the
University of Michigan Fungus Collection (MICH),
University of Tennessee Herbarium (TENN), and the
U.S. National Fungus Collections