FunDiS Northeast Rare Fungi Challenge

July 2022 - December 2027
NEW: FunDiS's second Rare Fungi Challenge launches on July 1st, 2022! 
Add your observations to iNaturalist  OR Mushroom Observer!

Help us find and document rare, threatened, or under-documented fungal species in the Northeast of North America. Scientists and conservationists need more data on these fungi in order to protect them. Your high quality observations can make a difference!

The Northeast Challenge Region:
9 States: CT, MA, ME, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VT 
6 Provinces: NB, NF, NS, ON (East of 80.5°W long.), PE, QC

Participating is easy:
  1. Decide which of the target fungi might be growing in a habitat that you are planning to visit.
  2. Print out the booklet pages for the species you’re interested in and bring it long, or have it handy on your phone.
  3. If you think you’ve found one of the target fungi, follow the instructions in the booklet. Consider emailing us at northeast_rare@fundis.org to let us know, and to ask any questions.
  4. We are also very interested in other fungi that you might find in these habitats. Consider joining the FunDiS Biodiversity Database on iNaturalist and adding your observations to the project. Instructions are here, if you’re unsure how to do this.
  5. Please get a collecting permit if you’re thinking of visiting an area where collecting is restricted. More information can be found here.

Species List
Amanita ristichii
Boletus purpureorubellus
Butyroboletus billieae
Calliderma (Entoloma) indigoferum
Caloboletus peckii
Clavulinopsis appalenchiensis
Dendrocollybia racemosa
Echinodontium ballouii
Entoloma flavoviride
Helvella palustris
Hodophilus (Camarophyllopsis) peckiana
Hypocreopsis rhododendri
Psathyrella epimyces
Pseudofistulina radicata
Squamanita umbonata
Tricholoma apium
Tricholoma grave
Underwoodia columnaris
Volvariella surrecta
Wynnea sparassoides

The FunDiS Northeast Rare Fungi Challenge
2022 Species Booklet 
View or download the Booklet to print.

The Booklet features details about target species descriptions, when to be on the lookout for them, beautiful distribution maps, helpful habitat photos, and instructions on creating high quality observations, specimen collections, and how to send your dried, tagged, and bagged Challenge specimens to FunDiS for DNA sequencing.
The FunDiS Northeast Rare Fungi Challenge
2022 Target Species Poster 
View or download the poster to print.

The poster is an easy-to-reference guide to all of the Challenge's 20 target fungi. The poster includes the Latin name, the common name, a photo, the habitat, and distribution location for each species. 

About Fungal Diversity Survey

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

Fungal Diversity Survey
10385 Green Meadow Rd
Sebastopol, CA 95472