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This is a listing of online resources for exploring taxonomy, fungal classification, and scientific names.

Videos and sites for nomenclature and fungi

  • START HERE. Watch the video (12 min): Taxonomy: Life's Filing System - Crash Course Biology #19. Hank tells us the background story and explains the importance of the science of classifying living things, also known as taxonomy. Note this is from 2012 when Kingdoms were simpler. "Protista" is now split up.
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  • Watch the video (8 min): Classification -- Amoeba Sisters. Explores classification in biology as well as taxonomy hierarchy: domain, kingdom, phylum, class, order, family, genus, and species with The Amoeba Sisters! This video also discusses the importance of scientific names and why classification can have major changes due to DNA and cell structure evidence.
  • Video (10 min): How to Name a New Species of Microbe. Journey to the Microcosmos. There’s a story behind every microbe’s name, and that of the Phacus smulkowskianus is surprisingly sweet.
  • Video (65 min): Mushroom Taxonomy: Who's My Daddy?. Michael W. Beug, PhD at Shroomfest 2011, Telluride Mushroom Festival. How mushroom names change over the years.
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Patrick Investigates

New or updated taxon pages here on MycoGuide

Other related items

Fungal systematics: is a new age of enlightenment at hand? 2013 Paper by Hibbett and Taylor: PDF Download.

Remember Boletus bicolor Peck ? See Kuo discussion on this taxon.

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CBS symposium: One Fungus = Which Name?

Post-Melbourne fungal nomenclature
Westerdijk Fungal Biodiversity Institute
Thursday April 12, 2012
A series of talks at a symposium in response to "One Fungus, One Name" The end of "Dual Nomenclature" where one fungus can have a name for its sexual stage (Teleomorph) and its asexual stage (Anamorph). There was a decision to not move to only Teleomorph names because then you lose some "widely used" well known Anamorph names such as Penicillium and Fusarium.

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Wikipedia, a selection

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