Arizona, contrary to what some
may think, has more to offer by way of habit than just desert.
Rugged mountains, flowing rivers, and expansive forests are also
prevalent within the state. These features contribute to a
rich diversity of biotic communities. In fact, only a few
states, such as California, rival Arizona in this aspect.
In 1990, British mycologist David Hawksworth suggested
that only 5% of the Earth's fungal species had been described.
Although opinions differ, the Hawksworth estimate is still widely
accepted today. The situation is quite similar in Arizona where recent estimates suggest several thousand fungal
species that occur in the state have never been recorded. When
we consider the diversity of habitats found in Arizona, it
is likely that many new records of macrofungi or even new fungal species are awaiting discovery.
amateur enthusiasts have made numerous contributions to the science
of mycology. Recent technological advances, such as GPS units,
have enhanced the average citizen's ability to record accurate
scientific data, while the advent of digital cameras has greatly
improved our ability to capture and transmit images. In the
past, it has been proposed that a virtual 'army' of trained
mycologist would be needed to truly advance our understanding of the
North American fungal flora. However, when considering
today's technology and the information that the world wide web has
made available to the public, perhaps 'virtual mycologists' can make
a significant contribution toward that goal.
Arizona Mycota Project (AMP) has been created in an attempt to
harness this potential resource. This site solicits the help
of volunteer contributors, like you, to help advance our knowledge
of the Arizona fungal flora (mycota). We encourage persons who
have come across interesting fungal finds in the state, to collect
specimens and record basic field data OR merely contribute fungal
digital images. Specimens of macrofungi sent to AMP will be identified and the field data added to our
database. Specimens with significant scientific value will
eventually be housed in the University of Arizona's
Robert L. Gilbertson Mycological Herbarium. AMP specimens have also contributed new
records for the state to the
Checklist of Arizona
Macrofungi and Slime Molds. In addition, images generated through the Arizona Mycota Project are now linked to
the checklist and available for viewing via the World Wide Web.
Please help us make a
contribution to the science of mycology in Arizona.
Arizona Mycota Project
c/o S.T. Bates
CIRES Visiting Fellow
University of Colorado at Boulder
Rm. 318 - CIRES Bldg.
Boulder, CO 80309
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A macrofungus growing from a rotting stump
(image by S.T. Bates).
This site includes information about the
following: Arizona fungi (fungus), mushroom (mushrooms),
puffball (puffballs), herbarium (herbaria), keys, and mycology.