Fungi Recorder is an app designed for field mycologists to take the effort out of keeping good records. It allows you to make records of all of your finds, neatly organised by forays. You can add photos and descriptions for any specimen. And you can easily share your lists, descriptions and photos with others via email.

Features

  • create and manage forays and locations
  • easily add specimens to these forays, either by selecting from a list of common finds, or by entering the names
  • add detailed descriptions by selecting attributes from a list of characteristics, or entering your own notes
    • on screen ruler for measurements
    • colour chart for choosing colours
    • tap on the glossary button to look up the meaning of any attribute
  • configure the level of detail you want – from basic details like cap colour and size, to advanced ones like chemical tests or microscopic characters such as spore ornamentation
    • if you want detail, there is plenty; for example under spores, the categories are: spore print colour, length, width, Q value, shape (16 to choose from or enter your own), ornamentation, ornamentation size and iodine reaction
  • add flags to identify particular records – for example as a rare find, or a good photo
  • search names or notes to find specific items, or use the filters to look for flags or images
  • the foray list can also be filtered for a date range or by name, so if you want you can see what you have recorded just for the current year
  • add photos from your albums or take photos with the camera
  • create lists of finds as a PDF document – very handy if you are a foray leader and want to create a list for participants or site owners; you can email the list directly from the app
  • create detailed documents (in PDF format) including your descriptions and photos, either of individual finds, or groups of specimens
  • create simple text exports of selected specimens or forays; the contents of the export is fully configurable. Useful if you want to upload finds to a database, or to do any analysis in a spreadsheet.
  • choose your terminology; if you prefer stipe to stem, and pileus to cap, just switch the terminology to scientific mode
  • comprehensive help information included in the app

Note that Fungi Recorder does not identify your finds! However, it will allow you to keep good records, making it easier for you to make a determination yourself.

The screenshots below illustrate some of the screens from the application.

Forays

The main screen of the app lists all of your forays as well as the specimens you found on those forays. These lists can be searched or filtered on various criteria to allow you to find specific items quickly. Tapping on a specimen will take you to more detailed information you have recorded including any photos you have added.

The popup menu in the screenshot above shows the actions you can take against any of these finds, such as creating a document from a specimen’s description and photos. A useful feature for foray leaders is being able to create a list of the finds for a particular foray and then emailing the results out directly from the app.

Flags

To help you tag specific records and find them easily, you can create flags and attach them to those records. Two example flags are provided – one for rare finds, and one for good photographs – but you can easily make new flags. You can filter your records by flag, so for example, you can pick out all of the items which have good photos.

Adding records

Adding new finds could not be simpler. There is a hotlist of over 100 of the most common finds – just tap on the ones you found on a foray and add them. You can add details and photos to these records later if you wish. Alternatively, just type in the name (scientific name or common name) to add it. Or you can enter a detailed description, defining all of the characteristics of the find.

Detailed descriptions

You decide what level of detail you want to see – from just the basic information such as cap colour and size, all the way up to microscopic details such as the shape and size of the cheilocystidia. Entering descriptions is made easier by having a list of attributes to choose from, or you can enter your own description or notes if you prefer. Most terms have a short glossary description to save looking up in books.

You can add as many photos as you like, using either the built in camera or from the photo album. If you take photos on an iPhone, they can sync directly to the photo album on your iPad making imports very easy. If you have taken photos on another camera, you can still to import these into a photo album on the iPad, and from there attach them to your records.

Making good descriptions easy

Having a list of characteristics and attributes makes a comprehensive description more likely – no more forgetting to note what the cap margin looks like. There are other features to make entering descriptions as easy as possible. One is a standard colour chart that you can pick from. Another is the on-screen ruler – perfect for recording cap sizes and stem sizes by dragging the ruler to the same size as the specimen. You can choose your preferred measurement units, and decide whether to record a single size or a range.

Picture viewer

You can view your photos either for a single specimen or for a group.

 

Tapping on the image will take you to a full size view which you can zoom into using the standard pinch and zoom gestures.