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Marasmius plicatulus

DIVERSITY DATABASE PROJECT



Contribute Observations

FunDiS's mission is to equip citizen scientists with the tools to document the diversity and distribution of fungi across North America. High quality observations of fungi on a platform like iNaturalist or Mushroom Observer are an important part of this.

If you contribute your observations of fungi to FunDiS, they'll become a part of a database of high quality observations that can be used by scientists and conservationists to better understand and protect fungi all across North America.

What’s in it for you? You're contributing to a worthwhile cause. And if your find hasn’t already been definitively identified, our expert identifiers will help with identification or give feedback on making your observations even more valuable.

How to participate

Choose a platform (compare)

iNaturalist (iNat)

  • Our expert reviewers will ID your observations to the best of their knowledge (if they’re not already IDd); or leave suggestions on how to improve data quality.

Mushroom Observer (MO)

  • A similar MO project is under development.
  • Instructions for getting the most from Mushroom Observer

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.


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Thank you for your willingness to contribute - you’re helping scientists and conservationists better understand and protect fungi. We look forward to seeing your observations!



About Fungal Diversity Survey

FunDiS is dedicated to a world in which the fungal kingdom is fully documented, understood, appreciated and protected.