Species List: 2016 NAMA at Front Royal, Virginia, USA (979)
When: 2016-12-17
Observations: 339

Notes: Recorded species that lack photos may be absent on this Mushroom Observer list.

Voucher Report for the 2016 North American Mycological Association Foray

Shenandoah Foray
Front Royal, Virginia
September 8-11, 2016

By Patrick R. Leacock, NAMA Voucher Collection Project, pleacock@fieldmuseum.org

The 2016 annual foray was held September 8 – 11, 2016, at the Northern Virginia 4-H Educational Center, Front Royal, Virginia. The Mycological Association of Washington DC and the New River Valley Mushroom Club hosted the foray. Chief Mycologist was Walt Sturgeon. Collecting areas included many areas of Shenandoah National Park, as well as G R Thompson State Wildlife Management Area, George Washington National Forest, and the Appalachian Trail. This was the first NAMA annual foray in Virginia.

Many thanks go to Adele Mehta, foray recorder, and the NAMA-sponsored voucher assistants: Nicolette Albright and Dillon Husbands from Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana (Dr. Aime); Emma Harrower and Rachel Swenie from University of Tennessee, Knoxville (Dr. Matheny); and Bruch Reed, New York Mycological Society. Special thanks to Arlene R. Bessette for recording species found in Shenandoah National Park. Big thanks to the foray team and all the volunteers who ran the collecting trips, specimen sorting, and display room. We thank the board and trustees of NAMA for their continued support of the voucher program. The NAMA specimens are accessioned into the permanent herbarium collection at the Field Museum of Natural History (F).

Molecular work is underway for many of the foray vouchers to generate DNA sequences. Stephen Russell led the work of obtaining tissue samples during the foray from most of the vouchers. The DNA sequencing is carried out by Rytas Vilgalys and his students, Duke University. John R. Plischke III took microscope photos of most vouchers.

This species list has 344 taxa (genus, species, and varieties), comprising 61 ascomycetes (17 lichens), 279 basidiomycetes, 1 zygomycete, and 3 myxomycetes. The most diverse genera were Lactarius and Lactifluus (22), Russula (20), and Amanita (17+). Identifications were made by 25 persons including Alan E. Bessette, Walter E. Sturgeon, Arlene R. Bessette, Patrick R. Leacock, Gary H. Lincoff, Dorothy C. Smullen (lichens), Brian P. Looney, N. Jay Justice, David H. Wasilewski, Debbie L. Viess, and 15 others. There are 340 voucher collections preserved from the foray. Forty-six species do not have photos or voucher specimens.

Additional information about the NAMA Voucher Collection project can be found on the NAMA website: http://www.namyco.org/voucher_collection_project.php


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