downloadable lists? (was Re: List of fungal names)

Regis Courtecuisse rcourtec at PHARE.UNIV-LILLE2.FR
Tue May 4 14:29:43 CDT 1999

Dear colleagues,

    I forward below a message I sent some weeks ago to DELTA-L list, afte=
r a
request by Erik Westlin :
> Are there any freely available mushroom databases
> on the net?
> - Erik

    This question was a bit different from the one by Mary Barkworth, mai=
concerning the downloadability of databases. Anyway, my annoucement could=
 be of
interest to those involved in databasing and indexing of [fungal] names.
    Of course, the project is involving our national Soci=E9t=E9 Mycologi=
que de
France and its files, as Jacques Melot refered to in another message, wil=
l be
part of MYCOGLOB.
    With best regards and greetings.


Subject: Re: mushroom databases
Date: Wed, 14 Apr 1999 10:24:20 +0200
From: Courtecuisse R=E9gis <Regis.Courtecuisse at>

Dear colleague,

    We (a group of French mycologists, which I am leading) are working on
a Global DataBase on Fungi, which will be available through the Internet,
The name will be MYCOGLOB. This DataBase will probably be a part of the
Species 2000 project, at least for a part of Fungi (fungi-like organisms,
covering the three kingdoms where organisms studied by mycologists can be
found). We have contacts with Prof. Bisby and other people involved in th=
Species 2000 project. The Base will probably open by the end of this year
and will increase regularly by its opening.
    It will introduce all data concerning nomenclature, taxonomy,
systematics, bibliography for each binomial name and for each retained
species (at least Asco- and Basidiomycota at first), and will also presen=
illustrations (macro. and microscopical features), and more...
    Best regards and greetings.


R=E9gis Courtecuisse
D=E9partement de Botanique
Facult=E9 des Sciences Pharmaceutiques et Biologiques
B.P. 83 ; F-59006 Lille Cedex (France)
T=E9l. : (33).
Fax. : (33).
e-mail : Regis.Courtecuisse at

Doug Yanega wrote:

> Mary Barkworth asked:
> > We can use our
> >existing database program BUT we do not have a good list of fungal nam=
> >and authorities.  Please could somewhat point me to one, preferably on=
> >that I can download into our nomenclatural database?  The fields that =
> >need are name of the species (infraspecies if appropriate) and authori=
> >family, class, and division name.
> It strikes me, seeing this, that there are probably many of us who woul=
> benefit from knowing which of the various resources available on-line n=
> contain species lists - for whatever taxa - that are suitable for
> importation into nomenclatural databases; if these resources are open f=
> such use, and not considered proprietary, they could save many of us fr=
> re-inventing the wheel. As manager of an entomology collection, for
> example, the task of developing a species catalog with nearly a million
> insect names (and all their synonyms) is not something I'm likely to be
> able to complete in my lifetime, unless I can tap into work done by oth=
> At least for insects, I think it's fair to say that even the most ambit=
> species cataloguing projects aren't going to be completed except by glo=
> coordination of effort.
>         So, is there anyone compiling a "metadata" listing of those
> databases that contain downloadable species authority lists? Is this so=
> of thing part of the "Species 2000" project, for example?
> Peace,
> Doug Yanega       Dept. of Entomology           Entomology Research Mus=
> Univ. of California - Riverside, Riverside, CA 92521
> phone: (909) 787-4315
>   "There are some enterprises in which a careful disorderliness
>         is the true method" - Herman Melville, Moby Dick, Chap. 82

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