Names used on this site
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Early mycologists who first visited New Zealand and named our local fungi tended to use names of similar looking fungi found in the Northern Hemisphere. As they did not understand or realise, New Zealand’s isolation has meant our native fungi have evolved along different paths. In many cases, these differences can only be seen with DNA sequencing. 

With DNA sequencing now in common use, it shows that fungi from the Northern and Southern Hemisphere are in many cases different, even if they look like and have been given the same name. Sequencing also shows that many existing NZ species have hidden under a single name several species. Unfortunately, this information has not been published, therefore it is little more than hear-say. 

Added to this, species whose names have been found incorrect have not yet been renamed. So, this legacy of poorly named species and the lack of a comprehensive NZ field guide to help standardise names means there is considerable confusion. Which is now compounded when you can do an image search on the internet and see photos that have the same name yet look quite different.

 
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In conclusion
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Names used on this site are when ever possible the latest correct names, although I may not always be aware of changes or gotten around updating my website or:-.

- A historically accepted name that may have two or more species hiding under the same name and maybe difficult to tell apart without sequencing.

- A historically accepted Northern Hemisphere name that again may or may not be correct due to no recent research or natives not yet renamed the name.

- A historically accepted name for species were resent research papers are place behind pay walls thus making inaccessible to amateurs. 

- A genus level name only due to a species that I have not been able to identify or a species that have not been formally named.

 
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Pay Walls
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There are a number of mycologists who place their research papers behind pay walls, making their work unavailable to amateurs. Well, that is, unless you have a good income and can spare the expense. Why this is done is not clear to me, but it does restrict what amateurs can identify even when they have microscopes.

 
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