Scope and Content of Collection
Title: Fungal Jungle
Collection number: MS 5
1 document box
University of California, Santa Cruz. University Library.
Special Collections and Archives
Santa Cruz, California 95064
Abstract: This collection contains an annotated typescript photocopy & photographs for Arora's preliminary field guide "Fungal Jungle".
Physical location: Stored in Special Collections & Archives: Advance notice is required for access to the papers.
Languages represented in the collection:
Collection open for research.
Property rights reside with the University of California. Literary rights are retained by the creators of the records and
their heirs. For permission to publish or to reproduce the material, please contact the Head of Special Collections and Archives.
David Arora papers. MS 5. Special Collections and Archives, University Library, University of
California, Santa Cruz.
Gift of David Arora.
David Arora (born October 23, 1952 is an American mycologist, naturalist, and writer. He is the author of two popular books
on mushroom identification,
Mushrooms Demystified and
All That the Rain Promises and More....
Arora first developed an interest in wild mushrooms while growing up in Pasadena, California and organized his first mushroom
collecting group while in high school. Later, an idea to start a mushroom club came about, and in 1984, David Arora founded
The Fungus Federation of Santa Cruz. He began teaching about wild mushrooms in the early 1970s while living in Santa Cruz,
California. Arora has traveled extensively throughout North America and the world, photographing and hunting mushrooms and
learning about the mushroom gathering traditions and economies of different cultures.
Mushrooms Demystified was first published in 1979 and was republished in a revised and substantially expanded edition in 1986. Though
Mushrooms Demystified encountered some initial resentment and negative reviews among academic mycologists when it first appeared, the mushroom
key and descriptions in this work are highly regarded and the book is recommended by a number of mycological authors. The
All That the Rain Promises and More... followed in 1991.
In addition to his field guides, he has written several articles on amateur and commercial mushroom hunting, its role in the
economic development of rural communities, and about conflicts related to conservation issues related to mushroom hunting.
Arora has also authored or contributed to several papers on fungal taxonomy. In 1982, he co-authored an extensive description
of the stinkhorn species Clathrus archeri, documenting its first known appearance in North America, an extensive fruiting
of this species in his home town of Santa Cruz. In 2008, he was primary author of two papers that provided a taxonomic revision
of the California golden chanterelle and of several species in the Boletus edulis complex found in California. The California
golden chanterelle was described as a distinct species, Cantharellus californicus, while several California porcini species
were described as distinct species or subspecies, Boletus edulis var. grandedulis, Boletus regineus (formerly describes as
Boletus aereus), and Boletus rex-veris (formerly described as Boletus pinophilus).
The mushroom Agaricus arorae is named after David Arora. In his book
All that the Rain Promises and More..., Arora notes that it "'bleeds' readily like its namesake when cut," a reference to the tendency of some Agaricus species
(including A. arorae) to "bleed" or stain red when cut or bruised.
In 2004 Arora left his long-time home of Santa Cruz and moved north to Mendocino county settling near the coastal town of
Scope and Content of Collection
This collection contains an annotated typescript photocopy & photographs for Arora's preliminary field guide "Fungal Jungle".
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in
the library's online public access catalog.
Authors, American--California--Santa Cruz County