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Use Mushroom Observer to document fungi in a FunDis project

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 the preferences menu for your account
      • Add several pre-set fields to your observation reporting form using the Notes Template by listing each of these fields separated by a comma. Please fill out these fields for each observation whenever possible. 
      • Edit your "Observation Notes Template" to read:
        • Collector's Name, Substrate, Habitat, Host
      • OPTIONAL: As you gain experience, you may wish to add fields like the following: Collector's Name, Substrate, Habitat, Host, Habit, Spore Print, Smell and Taste, Size, Chem Test, Stain/Bruise, Cap, Spore Structure, Stipe, Base
      • Check yes to the Comment and Consensus emails (suggested: the first two for each)

Create a species list

  • Use a Species List to collect observations for your FunDiS project. This will make it easy for you to receive identifications for your observations.
    • Each observation may be contained in more than one list.
    • If you sequence or voucher any of your specimens, you’ll want to create lists of each batch so that you can export and download spreadsheets of those observations, and even labels with all of your observations’ data.
    • Example: You upload observations shortly after editing your images, but do not yet know which will be the best to sequence. OR your project might make 30 collections and be ready to submit only your selection of 10 of them. You will need to export a spreadsheet for just that batch of 10. And perhaps you will want to send 8 of those to your fungarium.
  • Create Species List: Click on the left menu of any Mushroom Observer page.
    • In the upper-right hand corner of the resulting page, click: Classic Species List Generator
    • Fill in a location or descriptive Title, add a geographic location in the required Where field, and click “Create.” Other options are possible below this.

Create an observation

  • When you are ready to create an observation on MO, click Create Observation on the left-hand menu.
  • Date: When observation was made, not your entry date.
  • Where: Enter a place, 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 an 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 before “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 “Fungus.”
  • 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 (optional).
  • Specimen Available: If you dried and kept your specimen. 
    • Collectors Number: (Optional) Enter your field data slip number, your own number, or leave blank. (The permanent number is in the observation’s URL.)
    • Herbarium Name: This field should default to your name: Personal Herbarium. When your specimen has been accessioned by a curated fungarium, the fungarium’s number can be placed here.
  • Notes: Enter any notes that are not captured elsewhere. If you created an Observation Notes Template earlier, those fields will make entering your data easy. 
  • Upload Images from your camera or desktop. Select which of these will be the main featured image by checking the checkbox to the left of any image.
  • Your Species Lists appear at the bottom of the page when you first create an observation. Click your FunDiS Species List and any other lists which you want to contain this observation.
    • The lists for each observation will then be displayed in the center-right of an observation page. 
  • If you wish to remove a specimen from a list at a later date, it must be removed from the observation page by clicking Remove from the list section in the right column.

For more details see How To Use on Mushroom Observer.


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

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