Irish checklist:

No complete Irish checklist.

Number of fungi species:

Approximately 5,500 known species (estimated at 9,000)

Primary sources of distribution data:

There is no national fungal database, although there are many sources of distribution data:

  • The Fungal Records Database of Britain and Ireland (FRDBI)* maintained by the British Mycological Society, contains Irish records made by UK and Irish recorders.
  • The Northern Ireland Fungus Group
  • National Herbarium, National Botanic Gardens, Dublin.
  • Muskett & Malone (1978-1985) Catalogue of Irish fungi I-VI, Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy.
  • Outside the FRDBI, there are individuals with significant private databases (more than 2000 records): M Cullen & H Fox (3,500+ records), D. Mitchel (3,000+ records), R. McHugh (2,000+ records).

A bibliography of fungal work in Ireland was published in 2008: Mangan, A., 2008. A bibliography of mycology and plant pathology in Ireland, 1976 to 2000. Glasra 4: 119 – 188.

*Databases held by the National Biodiversity Data Centre and made accessible through Biodiversity Maps.

National conservation assessment:


Monitoring or repeat surveys in place:

  • Edible and biodiversity plot studies (Maria Cullen 2007-2009, University of Limerick).
  • Waxcap surveys in counties W. Dongeal, W. Mayo, W. Cork & Clare (David Mitchell 2006-2009).