Online database for fungi
Descriptionmycological names and combinations, eventually combined with descriptions and illustrations
Research centerWesterdijk Fungal Biodiversity Institute

MycoBank is an online database, documenting new mycological names and combinations, eventually combined with descriptions and illustrations. It is run by the Westerdijk Fungal Biodiversity Institute in Utrecht.[1]

Each novelty, after being screened by nomenclatural experts and found in accordance with the ICN (International Code of Nomenclature for algae, fungi, and plants), is allocated a unique MycoBank number before the new name has been validly published. This number then can be cited by the naming author in the publication where the new name is being introduced. Only then, this unique number becomes public in the database.

By doing so, this system can help solve the problem of knowing which names have been validly published and in which year.

MycoBank is linked to other important mycological databases such as Index Fungorum, Life Science Identifiers, Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) and other databases. MycoBank is one of three nomenclatural repositories recognized by the Nomenclature Committee for Fungi; the others are Index Fungorum and Fungal Names.[2]


  1. ^ Hawksworth, D. L. (2005). "Universal fungus register offers pattern for zoology". Nature. 438 (7064): 24. Bibcode:2005Natur.438Q..24H. doi:10.1038/438024b. PMID 16267528.
  2. ^ Redhead, Scott A.; Norvell, Lorelei L. (2013). "MycoBank, Index Fungorum, and Fungal Names recommended as official nomenclatural repositories for 2013". IMA Fungus. 3 (2): 44–45. doi:10.1007/BF03449512.

Further reading

  • Crous, Pedro W.; Gams, Walter; Stalpers, Joost A.; Robert, Vincent; Stegehuis, Gerrit (2004). "MycoBank: an online initiative to launch mycology into the 21st century" (PDF). Studies in Mycology. 50: 19–22.
  • Crous, Pedro W.; Gams, Walter; Stalpers, Joost A.; Cannon, Paul F.; Kirk, Paul M.; David, John C.; Triebel, Dagmar (2004). "An Online Database of Names and Descriptions as an Alternative to Registration". Mycological Research. 108 (11). Elsevier BV: 1236–1238. doi:10.1017/s0953756204221554. ISSN 0953-7562.

External links

Wikidata has the property:
  • MycoBank taxon name ID (P962) (see uses)
  • Official website Edit this at Wikidata