Coelomycetous Anamorphs with Appendage-Bearing Conidia


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Coelomycetous Anamorphs with Appendage-Bearing Conidia: by T.R. Nag Raj (1993): 1101 pp, 469 line drawings, 8 half-tone plates, 142 genera, 423 spp.

Here we reproduce (albeit rather inadequately) one of the 469 truly remarkable drawings from the book. Notice the exquisite detail, and the way in which the author incorporates precise information about the conidioma, the conidiogenous cells and various stages in the development of the conidia. Each drawing is a mine of biological information, which will allow the reader to make unequivocal identifications of all 423 species drawn. There are also many synoptic and dichotomous keys, and a huge assemblage of literature…

A book to be treasured and revisited again and again, for aesthetic and mycological pleasure.



Reviewers say: “Superb!” “Magnificent!” “Deserves a string of superlatives.” “A new mycological classic.”

“This book seems destined to become a mycological classic…complete descriptions and detailed illustrations of 423 species (40 new) in 142 genera (10 new)…The quality of the line drawings elevates the treatment…into the realm…occupied by the Tulasnes…This book is more than the sum of its parts. The depth of coverage bespeaks a passion and a patience that is rare among contemporary taxonomists. In the tradition of true scholarship, the book captures the substance of one man’s life work for the benefit of future generations…Dr. Nag Raj has reminded us what taxonomy is supposed to be.” Sydowia

“By any standards it is a remarkable book…It will remain the standard for the foreseeable future.” Mycological Research