Estonian Museum of Natural History (TAM)

Taxonomic Coverage: Vascular plants, fungi, algae, and lichens mainly of Estonia; bryophytes. Geography: Estonia, some former Soviet Union and Scandinavia, arctic (Siberia and Far East), Australia, Papua New Guinea, New Zealand, and Europe. Part of the Estonian national fungal collections: Dried specimens of mushrooms and lichens are stored in four main collections in Estonia, the largest collections of which are located in Tartu (University of Tartu and Estonian University of Life Sciences) and the smaller ones in Tallinn (Tallinn Botanical Garden and Estonian Museum of Natural History). In total, about 600,000 dried specimens are stored in mushroom collections. Most of the materials kept in mushroom collections have been collected from Estonia, but a large part of the materials brought from the territory of the former USSR also form a large part. Nowadays, scientists have brought mushroom lichens from all continents. The collection of live fungal cultures consists of fungi that are grown on agar medium and kept alive under controlled conditions.
Contacts: Loore Ehrlich, Jana-Maria Habicht,,
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 6 November 2020
Digital Metadata: EML File
Collection Statistics
  • 3,893 specimen records
  • 1,972 (51%) georeferenced
  • 3,335 (86%) identified to species
  • 62 families
  • 177 genera
  • 559 species
  • 559 total taxa (including subsp. and var.)
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