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MycoBank is an online database, documenting new mycological names and combinations, eventually combined with descriptions and illustrations.

Each novelty, after being screened by nomenclatural experts and found in accordance with the ICBN (International Code of Botanical Nomenclature), is allocated a unique MycoBank number before the new name has been validly publicized. This number then can be cited by the naming author in the publication where the new name is being introduced. Only then, this unique number becomes public in the database.

By doing so, this system can help solve the problem of knowing which names have been validly publicized and in which year.

MycoBank is linked to other important mycological databases such as Index Fungorum, Life Science Identifiers, Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) and other databases.


  • Pedro W. Crous, Walter Gams, Joost A. Stalpers, Vincent Robert and Gerrit Stegehuis (2004). "MycoBank: an online initiative to launch mycology into the 21st century". Studies in Mycology. 50: : 19–22.
  • Crous PW, Gams W, Stalpers JA, Cannon PF, Kirk PM, David JC, Triebel D ((2004)). "An online database of names and descriptions as an alternative to registration". Mycological Research. 108: 1236–1238. Check date values in: |year= (help)

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