Rolf Singer was a leading figure in mycology. He was a prolific writer and held important academic and research positions in Europe, North America and South America. He was a Research Associate in the Department of Botany, The Field Museum, from 1968-1994. Singer developed the nearly universally used classification for the Agaricales (mushrooms and related fungi) and named 86 genera, over 2460 species and infraspecies of fungi distributed in 222 genera.Learn more
Rolf Singer was a leading figure in mycology. He was a prolific writer and held important academic and research positions in Europe, North America and South America. He was a Research Associate in the Department of Botany, The Field Museum, from 1968-1994. Singer developed the nearly universally used classification for the Agaricales (mushrooms and related fungi) and named 86 genera, over 2460 species and infraspecies of fungi distributed in 222 genera. His 440 papers written in 9 languages, covered topics ranging from fungal systematics, nomenclature, ecology, ethnomycology, and mushroom cultivation.
Mueller and Wu (1997) published a book summarizing many of Singer's contributions to the study of fungi. Click on the Related Info menu below to get information on ordering the book. The major part of the book consists of an index to all of the genera, species, and infraspecific taxa described by Singer, including information on the type specimen, place of deposition, and a literature citation for the type description. Now the index and a bibliography of Singer's 440 publications are presented as a searchable database. Currently we are confirming the existence of the type specimens in the herbaria as indicated in Singer's publications. If you have comments or corrections, please contact Gregory M. Mueller at email@example.com.View less
The hard copy of this database is a book published by the Field Museum. In addition to the index, the book includes information on Rolf Singer's life and work and a description of his field itinerary.
Mueller, G. M. and Wu, Q-X. 1997. Mycological Contributions of Rolf Singer: Field Itinerary, Index to New Taxa, and List of Publications. Fieldiana Botany New Series 38. Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago. 124 pp. $21.
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Before you search the database, please understand that in this index, species, variety, and form names published by Rolf Singer are listed with literature citations and type specimen information. This database is intended to treat specimen-based taxa that Singer described in the literature. New genera published by Singer are included. New combinations, nomina nova, and supraspecific names are not included here. Holotype information, including type locality, date, collection number, and herbarium of deposit, is from Singer's original publications. In the few cases of discrepancies found between Singer's publications, we consulted his unpublished field notebooks and appended a short note or discussion to the listing. Many of Singer's taxa were described before enforcement of certain rules by the International Code of Botanical Nomenclature (i.e. 1 January 1935 for Latin diagnosis and 1 January 1958 for typification). Taxa described after 1935 without a Latin diagnosis are annotated with "No Latin diagnosis". Some taxa described before 1958 have data on the origin of the type specimens but do not have a designated holotype. The word "probably" prior to a herbarium name indicates that the herbarium is the possible place of deposit based on Singer's unpublished field notes and Singer's habit to deposit type specimens in the institution where he was working, even though it was not clearly stated in his publication.
Herbarium abbreviations are from Index Herbariorum (Holmgren et al., 1990, New York Botanical Garden, Bronx. 693 pp. http://www.nybg.org/bsci/ih/searchih.html).
The Singer Index can be accessed here:
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