Scottish basidiomycetes

Working towards a Check List of Scottish Basidiomycota

This list (click on the headings above) has been excised from a revision, which is being undertaken of John Stevenson’s Mycologia Scotica published in 1879. It is therefore a working list mainly based around the large collections of material deposited in the Mycological Herbarium, Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh, with the addition of specific literature sources which are displayed in another site(see sources and notes). Each of the entries in this list is therefore part of a much bigger compilation in which all species names have been codified indicating in which Watershed the fungus occurs. Individual records have been compiled with appropriate references indicated, especially when dealing with type material based on Scottish collections. 

There may be some differences between the current list and that of the New Check List of fungi by Legon & Henrici: Roberts, Spooner and Watling. This often reflects personal interests and preferences e.g. the dismemberment of the genus Entoloma; some species not considered to occur in Scotland are also included. Nevertheless it was thought that this list might be of use to a wide audience, as anyone having a query can contact the author directly at the address indicated below. Cross-referencing will dispel any problems especially when the new edition of the Check List, currently in preparation, finally appears. It is hoped that all the supporting evidence including many cases of reassessment of early collections especially of Robert Kaye Greville and Archibald Menzies will appear in the printed form in the not too distant future. The final production will also include similar data for 166 provisional names left as material, descriptions and paintings by the late P.D.Orton (see Table below). Questionable species recorded for Scotland are also included but with a question mark as it is hoped that this will encourage people to look more carefully at their future finds in the hope that these taxa in fact do occur here. Common names are added where known. In some cases I have indicated where some species are positioned although combinations have not been made. 

The greatest difference at the moment between the present list and the Check List is in the systematic organization, which has been brought about by the recent rapid development of molecular techniques. 

Species subjected to BAP scrutiny are indicated by an *

Contact address: R. Watling caledonianmyc[*]blueyonder.co.uk (replace '[*] with '@')

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