Chicago Region Summary

Chicago Publications

  • 1909, 1923, W. S. Moffatt, The Higher Fungi of the Chicago Region, Chicago Academy of Sciences
    • 420 names [110 current names; 270 synonyms; 40 excluded names]
    • About 15 species that are not represented by past or present collections
  • 1933, V. O. Graham, Mushrooms of the Chicago Region, Chicago Academy of Sciences, 21 pages
  • 1944, V. O. Graham, Mushrooms of the Great lakes region: the fleshy, leathery, and woody fungi of Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, and the southern half of Wisconsin and of Michigan, The Chicago Academy of Sciences and the Chicago Natural History Museum, — 390 pages

Chicago Collections

  • 1876–1925: Harper, Moffatt, and other collectors
  • 1926–1993: Edgecombe, Singer, and other collectors
  • 1994–present: Leacock, Gaswick, Murphy, Schmit, and others

2,625 Collections 1876–1993 (118 years of herbarium collections)
20,325 Collections 1994–2011 (18 years of local research)


Checklist, status as of 2013 January

  • Approximate total from above sources = 2290 names.
    • ca. 1020 names in current use
    • ca. 630 synonyms
    • ca. 265 excluded names (European names or outside area; incorrect concepts; spelling variants)
    • ca. 375 names remaining to determine status
  • Possible total of current names = 1300 taxa (a taxon = species, subspecies, or variety)

Estimated minimum diversty of macrofungi, as of 2013 January

  • 1150 species for the Chicago Region
  • 815 spp. for Cook County (Chicago Region)
  • 450 spp. for Swallow Cliff Woods (Cook County)
  • 235 spp. in 0.1 hectare Plot 4 (Swallow Cliff Woods)
  • 140 unique to Cook County (at present)
    • 120 from Forest Preserve District Cook County
    • 20 from other locations, primarily urban
    • Likely 100 additional unidentified species for Cook County

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Cite this page as: Leacock, P.R. (2014 Apr 07). Chicago Region Summary - MycoGuide. Retrieved from http://www.mycoguide.com/guide/chicago/summary

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