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- David Arora's Mushrooms Demystified,
edition (1986) . This is the best general field guide to mushrooms
the Southern California area. It includes excellent photographs,
descriptions that are a pleasure to read and easy to use identification
At 959 pages, the book may be a bit daunting to the true beginner, but
is THE book that everyone uses. Make sure you get the 2nd
as the 1st edition (1979, found sometimes in used bookstores) has far less information and many more inaccuracies.
The publisher, Ten Speed Press, no longer sells a hardcover
edition. However, I have seen many paperback copies literally
coming apart from heavy use, so you may want to consider purchasing
a hardcover copy from one of the many used book sites on the
Internet. Hardcover copies of the 2nd edition are scarce, so
you may have to be patient.
Although MD II is still the single best field guide for
Southern California mushrooms, it was published in 1986.
taxonomy has not been stagnant during that time so some of the names
in this guide are no longer appropriate for mushrooms we find.
to the names in this book are available at the website: http://collectivesource.com/taxonomy/arora-changes.html
- David Arora's All the Rain Promises and
This book is designed to be a gentler introduction to mushrooms than
listed above. It provides a good introduction to the most common
but it is easy to reach the limits of the information it provides.
- Thiers et al., Agaricales of California
. These are the most accurate scientific descriptions of mushrooms found
California currently available. Unfortunately, they do not yet
all the groups of commonly found mushrooms and they are somewhat
However, for those who wish to go beyond the information presented by
this is the place to go.
- Taylor Lockwood's Treasures from the
of Fungi. A beautiful coffee-table-style book that includes
from around the world (including many from California).
- Mushroom, The Journal of Wild
- A quarterly journal for mushroom lovers of all types. Subscriptions
are currently $19/year and should be sent to Leon Shernoff
1511 E. 54th St., Garden Apt.
Chicago, IL 60615
- McIlvainea - This is the
journal of the North American Mycological
Association. It is
once a year and is included as part of any NAMA membership.
- Mycologia - This is the professional
of the Mycological Society of America (MSA). It covers a wide
of subjects including ecology, pathogens, genetics, molecular biology,
systematics and research techniques. See their website, http://www.msafungi.org, for subscription and membership information. Copies of back
are available in the libraries of most large universities.
- Mycotaxon - This is an independently
scientific journal devoted exclusively to the taxonomy and nomenclature
fungi (including lichens). See their website, http://www.mycotaxon.com, for more