Illinois Natural History Survey - University of Illinois


Database Content, Purpose and Acknowledgements
This database primarily consists of all known pyrenomycetes (Class Sordariomycetes) and loculoascomycetes (Class Dothideomycetes) collected in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GSMNP) since its establishment in 1934 as a national park until the end of 2009. Several recent records of discomycetes from GSMNP also are included in the database. The database currently consists of 2574 records containing approximately 655 unique taxa. The primary purpose of this database is to provide a record of all pyrenomycetes and loculoascomycetes species collected in the park to allow researchers to determine whether their recently collected species is a new park record. Like most things, this is a work in progress. The database will be updated at least once per year as new collections are added and identifications and annotations are made to existing collections.
The survey and inventory of pyrenomycetes in the GSMNP from 2005-2009 was funded through a National Science Foundation Grant (DEB-0515558) and a Discover Life in America Grant (DLIA2005-11) to Dr. Andrew Miller at the Illinois Natural History Survey. This study was carried out in conjunction with the All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory (ATBI) currently being conducted in the park. Historical records from the U.S. National Fungus Collections (BPI) at the USDA in Beltsville, Maryland were kindly provided by Dr. Amy Rossman. All collections at the University of Tennessee Fungal Herbarium (TENN) in Knoxville, TN were included with the assistance of Dr. Ron Petersen. Dr. Larissa Vasilyeva from the Far East Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences (VLA) also provided some of her collection information. Dr. Sabine Huhndorf at The Field Museum (F) provided assistance with numerous identifications. If any additional collections exist from the GSMNP that are not included in this database, please kindly inform Dr. Andrew Miller (

Database Search and Display Information
All fields on the search page are searchable. State names (i.e. Tennessee and North Carolina) should be spelled out and not abbreviated. The display lists can be sorted by species, genus, specific ephithet, substrate, host, county or state. The display page lists species, substrate, host, state, county, location within the park, date and herbarium. Clicking on a species name brings up the record details for that specimen.

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This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0515558.
Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.


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established 30 March 2009; updated 17 February 2010