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I am now performing the very tedious task of reviewing all of the unknown specimens in my collection of fungi and identifying them. Most of this process is accomplished through the use of metadata recorded for each specimen in the collection. Online sources and field guides are being used to aid in the identification of the majority of these unknowns. However, there are many fungi within the collection that appear to be unnamed. The images to the left are three of these potential new species. The first is an Ascomycete and was only observed once within my research site. It was growing at the base of a very large oak tree that has recently fallen during a snow storm. The other two images are of fungi belonging to the phylum Basidiomycota and most likely the family Amanitaceae. These specimens were observed once this past summer growing in the soils near a trail running through my study site. When specific characteristics of these fungi were provided to a well known expert in this family, he indicated that he had never seen specimens like this before. I am therefore extremely interested in pursuing the molecular identification of all three specimens to determine if they have been described and entered into NCBI. If you would like to help me in the identification of these or future specimens, please e-mail me or leave a comment at the bottom of this post indicating your interest. Stay tuned for the confirmation of these novel species.