|Names used on this site|
When early mycologist first visited New Zealand and named many of our fungi they tended to use names of similar looking fungi found in the Northern Hemisphere. In not understanding or realising that with 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 so makes it pretty relevant anyway.
With DNA sequencing now in common use and showing that fungi from the Northern and Southern Hemisphere are in many cases different even if they look and have the same name. Sequencing is also showing that many existing NZ species have hiding under the one name several species. Unfortunately much of this information is not published therefore is little more than hearsay added to this specie names that have been found to be incorrect have also not 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.
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 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.
There are a number of mycologists who place their research papers behind pay walls this making their work unavailable to the 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 does restrict what amateurs can identify even when they have microscopes.
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