The Book of Fungi: A Life-Size Guide to Six Hundred Species from around the World Hardcover – April 15 2011
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- Publisher : University of Chicago Press (April 15 2011)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 656 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0226721175
- ISBN-13 : 978-0226721170
- Item Weight : 2.3 kg
- Dimensions : 17.78 x 4.83 x 26.67 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: #421,250 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
"This book will clearly be a desired acquisition for all mushroom hunters, both amateur and experienced. . . . Highly recommended."—Choice
About the Author
Peter Roberts was for fourteen years a senior mycologist at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. He has undertaken field trips throughout the British Isles and Europe, as well as North, Central, and South America, the Caribbean, and Africa, and has published extensively on temperate and tropical fungi. He is the coauthor of New Naturalist: Fungi and is on the editorial boards of the journals Field Mycology, Mycological Progress, Czech Mycology, and Persoonia. Shelley Evans was conservation officer for the British Mycological Society for ten years and is on the executive committee of the European Council for the Conservation of Fungi and the IUCN world specialist group for fungi. She is coauthor of Pocket Nature: Fungi and is on the editorial board of the journal Field Mycology. She is an experienced field mycologist, having undertaken field trips throughout the British Isles and Europe, as well as North America.
Top reviews from other countries
Each of the 600 gets a whole page to itself with a decent colour photograph of a single specimen or cluster/troop, often with an additional scaled photograph to actual size if the main diagram is not itself actual size. There is at the top of the page a listing of family, geographical distribution (there is also a coloured world map alongside), habitat and association, growth form, abundance, spore colour and edibility. On the latter point, it should be noted that this book is in no way a proper identification guide (and given its size and weight in no way a field guide) and should not be used to determine edibility.
The main body of each entry gives binomial name and English common name, dimensional information (height and diameter), fuller text on the above mentioned categories, and similar species are also described. The photographs are accompanied by some notes on the form (shape, colour and other features).
Before the listing of 600, there are a few introductory pages on the nature of fungi, their role in the ecosystem, distribution and so on, plus a four page high level overview of the various phenotypes with representative photo for each class. At the rear are to be found a two page glossary and two page table of classification of basidiomycota and ascomycota, and resources - a bibliography of both general books and field guides appropriate to North America, Australia & NZ, and British Isles & Europe, plus some websites.
Something of a coffee-table book certainly, but a welcome addition to the collection of any fungi enthusiast.