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Family Names Databases

It was William Bridge Cooke?s idea to compile a list of fungal family names with nomenclatural and bibliographic information and he collaborated with David Hawksworth, who provided the lichen family names, in the first such publication in 1970 (Cooke, W.B. & Hawksworth, D.L. A preliminary list of families proposed for fungi (including lichens). Mycological Papers 121: 1–86). This list was subsequently updated and revised, including many contributions from colleagues and specialists around the world, and appeared in 1989 (D.L. Hawksworth & J.C. David. Index of Fungi Supplement — Family Names. 75 pp.). Following this publication all new family names, together with corrections to Family Names, have been included in the Index of Fungi. A subset of the list was further revised during the Names in Current Use initiative and was a component of NCU–1. Family Names in Current Use for Vascular Plants, Bryophytes and Fungi (Greuter, W., Ed., in Regnum Vegetabile 126: 1–95, 1993). The present database is the culmination of this work and is still being updated as new information or corrections are revealed. Please forward any corrections or comments to John David.

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