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FunDiS minimum quality standards checklist

  • Observations should be of mushrooms large enough to be seen without a microscope, that have been observed in North America (everything north of the Panama Canal). No lichens or slime molds please.
  • Images need to be clear, well-lit, in focus, and the mushroom needs to be relatively large in the picture so its details can be seen clearly
  • Please no old or heavily damaged specimens.
  • We want to see the cap, the pore/gill surface, the stem including the base, bulb or volva (if applicable). Any staining, discoloration or milk/latex should also be shown.
  • Unless its size is clear, add a ruler or a common item (eg knife, pen or your hand) for scale 
  • There should be a clue to the host or substrate, eg if it grows under a specific tree, show the leaf or needles of that tree next to the mushroom, or take a separate picture.
  • Anything else that's noteworthy (eg smell, taste) should be added in the Notes section

You could take several pictures of one specimen, or you put a couple of fungi in the same shot where we see different parts of the specimens.

See more photography tips here.

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Fungal Diversity Survey
10385 Green Meadow Rd
Sebastopol, CA 95472