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Use Mushroom Observer to document fungi

Get started

    • Sign up for a free account at MushroomObserver.org 
      • Many people use their full name, but you may also use any handle you choose.
    • Under Account Preferences
      • Collector's Name, Substrate, Habitat, Host
      • Collector's Name, Substrate, Habitat, Host, Habit, Spore Print, Smell and Taste, Size, Chem Test, Stain/Bruise, Cap, Spore Structure, Stipe, Base
      • To facilitate data entry, add several pre-set fields using the Observation Notes Template. List each field separated by a comma and space. 
      • Edit your Observation Notes Template to read
      • OPTIONAL: As you gain experience, you may wish to add fields like the following: 
      • Check yes to at least the first two boxes in each: Comment and Observation emails.
      • Important: Do not click Project at the bottom or Settings. You will always add your observations to a List, not to a Project.

Keep your observations organized

  • Use Species Lists to collect and organize observations for your personal efforts or FunDiS project all in one place. Each observation may be contained in more than one List (as for specific forays, geographic areas, or time periods).
    • Perhaps you upload observations shortly after editing your images, but do not yet know which will be the best to study or sequence. Add all of your interesting ones to a big List.
    • If you later sequence or voucher any of your specimens (both optional), you’ll want to create a List for each batch so you can easily export spreadsheets of those observations. You can also print labels with all of your observations’ data for vouchering in your own or a curated fungarium.
    • Moving observations in and out of Lists is easy and safe.
  • To Create a Species List
    • Example: FunDiS Fruiting Fungi of Orange County (CA).
    • Under Species Lists on the left sidebar of most any MO page, Click Create List.
    • Below the graphic click Create Species List.
    • Add a Title - please start with FunDiS and include your project name, if you have started one.
    • Add any descriptive text you want in Species List Notes
    • Add a geographic location in the required Where field. Click Create.

Create an observation

  • When you are ready, click Create Observation on the left-hand menu.
  • Date: When observation was made, not your entry date.
  • Where: Enter a place name, like a park, or at least a county/province. OR enter the latitude and longitude for this observation from your camera/phone/GPS. OR expand the map and click to locate your collection location (latitude, longitude and elevation will be entered automatically).
    • You can also define and create a geographic area that is not already in MO. This can be useful for defining your project’s boundaries (see 12. Defining Undefined Locations under How to Use).
  • Check the box for “Is this the location where it was collected?
  • What: Enter your best guess at genus or genus and species, or a higher level taxonomic level using the menu which appears as you begin typing. Otherwise enter Fungi.
  • Confidence: Unless you are certain, it is a good idea to enter No Opinion or Could Be. Below that, indicate how you made your determination (often a field guide name; this is optional).
  • Specimen Available: Check if you dried and kept your specimen. 
    • Enter Collector’s Name.
    • Collectors Number: (optional) Enter your field data slip number, or your own number, or leave blank. The permanent Mushroom Observer Number (essential for referencing each observation) will appear at the top of each completed observation page.
    • Herbarium Name: This field should default to your name plus Personal Herbarium. When your specimen has been accessioned by a curated fungarium, the fungarium’s number can be placed here. Details for this process are here.
  • Notes: Enter any notes that are not captured elsewhere. If you created an Observation Notes Template earlier, it is easy to start with those.
  • Upload Images from your camera or desktop. Select which one of these will be the main featured image by checking the checkbox to the left of that image.
  • Your Species Lists appear at the bottom of the page when you create an observation. Click any of your personal FunDiS Species Lists.
    • The Lists which contain each observation will then be displayed in the center-right of an observation page. 
    • If you wish to remove a specimen from a List later, it must be removed from the observation page by clicking Remove from the List section in the right column.
  • Watch out while using Mushroom Observer...
    • Be careful in defining new locations (like a park or city) until you have learned how this function works. 

For more details see How To Use on Mushroom Observer.


Need help? Email mo-admin@fundis.org.

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