This book is a comprehensive field guide to the mushrooms of the southeastern United States. Although it will stand on its own, it is intended to complement and serve as a companion to ""Mushrooms of Northeastern North America"", also published by Syracuse University Press. Together these volumes form a foundation and reference for identifying mushrooms found in eastern North America from Canada to the subtropics of Florida and Texas. Featuring more than 450 species, this volume includes detailed descriptions and rich color photographs. The photographs were selected for high-quality color fidelity and documentary merit and reflect some of the aesthetic appeal of the subject. The number of species described and illustrated in color is substantially more than has previously appeared in any other single work devoted to the mushrooms of the southeastern United States. Although this book contains the necessary detail required by advanced students and professional mycologists, it emphasizes identification based primarily on macroscopic field characters for easier use by a general audience.
Alan E. Bessette is professor of biology at Utica College of Syracuse University and is the author of numerous books including Mushrooms of Northeastern North America and North American Boletes, both published by Syracuse University Press. William C. Roody is a field mycologist and field biologist with the Wildlife Diversity Program at the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. Arleen R. Bessette is a mycologist and botanical photographer. She is the author of ten books including The Rainbow Beneath My Feet: A Mushroom Dyer's Field Guide, also published by Syracuse University Press. Dail L. Dunaway is a mycologist and botanical photographer.