CHECKLIST OF ARIZONA MACROFUNGI, LICHENS, and SLIME MOLDS





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    Checklists of Arizona macrofungi [Bates 2006, Vol. 2(2): 47-78], lichens [Bates et al. 2010, Vol. 6(1): 26-43], and slime molds [Bates & Barber 2008, Vol. 4(1): 8-19] have been published in Canotia. Records for these checklists were obtained from the literature, private herbaria, as well as public herbaria databases that were available online at the time of publication.  Prior to publication, databases of macrofungi (true fungi) and slime molds (a polyphyletic group of organisms outside of the true fungi that produce fungus-like fruiting bodies) records were compiled seperately by the author/s that included the source of the record, the binomial as it was originally published, and the species name that was accepted in the CABI Index Fungorum at that time. Those data were combined into a single database and are presented online here as the Checklist of Arizona Macrofungi, Lichens, and Slime Molds.

     These checklists reported 1290 species of nonlichenized macrofungi, 969 species of lichenized fungi, and 147 species of slime molds for the state, and although those numbers are impressive, it is likely that many more species (perhaps several thousand for the macrofungi) are present in the state. By making the checklist database accessible online, it can be continually updated as more records become available. Nomenclature and classification schemes can also be changed to conform with current taxonomic concepts so that the checklist will retain its relevancy in the future. In addition to making the source for each record available to researchers, the checklist is now linked to digital images of taxa (when available) through the Arizona Mycota Project. This site was initially entitled the Checklist of Arizona Macrofungi and was developed at Arizona State University in the School of Life Sciences by S.T. Bates and R.T. Schroeder as an ASU Natural History resource.









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