NEW NAMES FOR FUNGI

Compiled by Dianna Smith

‘Accurate’ as of May, 2019

Do you HAVE to learn the new names? No! Absolurtely not! A Boletus edulis type mushroom will taste just as good even if you don’t know its scientific name. However, knowing what the scientific name means, whether old or new, can be extremely helpful in clueing you into a mushroom’s unique characteristics. For more on this fascinating topic, see my companion presentations “Myco-Speak” and “The Meaning of Scientific Names for Fungi".

But if you ARE interested in learning the currently accepted names for mushrooms described in your field guides, start here. To learn them more easily, I suggest you write the new names on those removable little white sticky tags and position them with the text and on the photos of the relevant individual mushrooms described in your guides. Note, as molecular analysis of fungi contiinues, there will continue to be changes in names and information on their phylogenetic relationships with all other fungi in the present and the past. I will do my best to keep this page up-to-date. 

Click on the following for a downloadable PDF listing both

OLD NAMES & NEW NAMES of fungi.