to have a lot of collaborating collectors that show you the stuff that you never find yourself. Peck learned this during his career, and all of us in the NE have benefited tremendously from the resulting publications of species. It’s the only way to go. Among the reasons for the website is a combination of “give back” and “pass forward.”
Now that a North American Mycoflora project has been floated, the need for broad collaboration is greater than ever.
I’m glad you use the site. We’re working on checklists and other things that we hope will make it easier to come up with a set of good regional choices for various regions of the continent.
In the meantime, you can define a set of states that make up a region of interest for you and use the list as a search string to get a primitive checklist based on present features of the WAO site:
Example: Let’s say that you set up a region like this (no commas):
“Ontario Quebec Ohio Indiana Pennsylvania West Virginia Maryland Virginia North Carolina Tennessee Kentucky” […the word “Virginia” doesn’t need to appear twice…]
Enter the string (without quotes) in the input field for the search. In the field to its right, click for the drop down list and scroll down a little beyond halfway and select “materials examined”. Start the search.
The search will first look for the complete string in the “materials examined” data fields of all the species on the site. This will probably fail. The search will then look for species that are reported from all the places in the string. This will have very few, if any, results. Then the search will look for species with specimens reported from one or more of the states/provinces named in the string. This will produce the output that you want defining the species FOR WHICH WE HAVE DATA SUGGESTING THEY EXIST IN AT LEAST ONE OF THE STATES/PROVINCES LISTED IN THE STRING. Save this list of taxa. This is your regional checklist. It might help for you to sort the list by section.
In the future we plan to have illustrated regional checklists with added information such as spore measurement and shape data.
I hope this helps. If it does, please pass it on.