Mushroom Taxonomy


The identification and classification of mushroom and fungi species.

WHY? By better understanding our environment we can better live in harmony with it, while preserving it, reap the benefits and abundance of the natural world, protect our homes from habitat loss, and empower people through education and new income streams.

*Picture from our US Mycologist, Kennan, field work in Africa.

Taxonomy Benefits

Cross-cultural education

Local people can learn novel uses for local fungi and visiting researchers can learn from the traditional wisdom practiced in local cultures.

Understand Ecosystems

Improving taxonomic literacy is key to developing an understanding of ecosystem function and unlocking new solutions and abundance.

Financial Empowerment

Taxonomic work develops a pipeline for income locally. Employing parataxonomists allows the collecting work to be done perpetually, for lower cost.


Investigating use for medicine, food, etc. Identify new species of mushrooms in one of the most biodiverse countries in the world.

Land Conservation

Quality biodiversity inventories are strong arguments for the conservation of critically endangered habitats and ecosystems apply with the government to protect and preserve land.

Add To Science

Many species remain undescribed worldwide, specially in regions with high biodiversity (tropics) and high endemicity (islands).

85 - 90 % of mushroom species remain unidentified.

10,000 new species identified in Costa Rica

“Parataxonomists benefit from steady employment, and in turn serve as a voice for conservation in their communities”

– Parataxonomy program, Costa Rica’s Area de Conservacion Guanacaste (ACG)

How a Taxonomy
Tour Works

All images are from our US mycologist, Kennan Mighell, and his previous international mushroom taxonomy tours.
Local people act as guides and in our case would be taught how to identify mushrooms and taught to steward their own fungi.
Mushrooms species are collected and delicately preserved as they are sampled in the field. Local trainees become citizen scientists.
Data brought back to be cross linked, classified in order to add to scientific, publish findings and make actions based on new solutions.

What We Will Provide

Mushroom Taxonomy


Identify new species of mushrooms in one of the most biodiversity countries in the world.


A new generation of Malagasy mycologists will identify species and benefit from documenting and harvesting. Find mushrooms that are already acclimated to growing in their climate.


When new mushroom species are identified, we can apply with the government to protect and preserve land.


While we prepare for taxonomy work we would also apply for grants to aid the work while contributing to science and knowledge of Madagascar.


As mycologists identify rare new mushroom species, we can then share the excitement with tourists as we offer educational ecotours that will benefit the local community and forests.

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