Collecting actively Pyrenomycetes for a long period
and collaborating with eminent taxonomists have led the authors
to a certain degree of knowledge about some groups of fungi
which, although they have been recently monographed or thoroughly
studied by specialists, usually remain out of reach of most of amateurs.
Our main objective is to share this knowledge with amateurs
through photographic illustrations and short descriptions of the
fungi that we collected and that have been rarely or never illustrated.
In order to reach this objective we have
chosen to present for each species, as far as possible, several
photographs of the same fungus at different stages of maturation,
including the anamorph when it occurs in natural conditions.
In addition, we intend to give for each illustrated species
the peculiar ecological data that we observed and our comments about
The descriptions are based on our own observations, even
if they do not exactly match the descriptions found in the literature.
Another objective of this site is to collect additional data from its
users about species whose morphological variations
are not completely known, actually all of them!
In addition, this site will be an opportunity to present
specimens that we collected but remained unnamed. We hope it
will bring contacts with mycologists who have a name to propose
or have already collected a similar taxon.
Some genera are both well known thanks to recent
monographs and well represented in our region. We decided to
emphasize the presentation of these groups through detailed
descriptions and comments, and we plan to propose keys to European species
belonging to those genera. Hypoxylon Bull. is the first
genus presented this way, it should be rapidly
followed by the xylariaceous genera that are closely related
Various genera belonging to Xylariales, Hypocreales, Sordariales,
Loculoascomycetes are also planned to be illustrated with
time, most of them with short descriptions and comments, some
with a more detailed study. In addition, a few outstanding Discomycetes
collections might be illustrated in the future, but it will remain marginal
therefore the front page title will remain "Pyrenomycetes from