The inventory of Costa Rican Fungi comprises several collaborative projects between The Field Museum, the National Institute of Biodiversity (INBio) and the University of Costa Rica (UCR) in Costa Rica, the New York Botanical Garden, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the Botanical Garden and Botanical Museum in Berlin, Germany. The inventory includes a survey of macrofungi, microfungi, and Lichens (Ticolichen).
At present, the searchable database houses about 10,000 records of macrofungi and 20,000 records of lichens (including duplicates), distributed among F, INB, CR, USJ, NY, WIS, B, and other institutions. Data on microfungi are expected to be added soon. You can search the database for particular taxa and get data on their distribution and ecology, or you can search specific regions or sites within Costa Rica to get a list of the taxa present in the area.
Note that part of the identifications are to genus level only; species identifications will be completed as soon as groups have been revised. Most collections are from protected areas, and site names have been standardized to reflect official names in international (English) spelling. In most cases, you can either search for a site (e.g., Corvocado National Park), a subsite (e.g., Sirena Biological Station), or a higher level conservation area (e.g., Osa Conservation Area), in the site name field. For more information on the National System of Conservation Areas (SINAC) in Costa Rica, go to their website at SINAC.go.cr.
For additional specimen searches related to the aforementioned projects, search INBio's ATTA website database on specimens, or check out their individual species pages (UBI: Basic Information Unit). You might also consult the New York Botanical Garden Catalog of Costa Rican Fungi.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is greatly acknowledged for supporting the aforementioned projects through grants in their Biotic Surveys and Inventories (BS&I) program. For more information on these grants, go to the NSF website or directly to Survey of Costa Rican Macrofungi, Survey of Costa Rican Wood-inhabiting Pyrenomycetes,
and TICOLICHEN - The Costa Rican Biodiversity Inventory.
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