Chicago area scientists name chanterelle in the city’s honor

Main report: Local Scientists Name New Mushroom Species After Chicago
(Chicago Tonight WTTW)
Other Reporting: Chicagoist, MentalFloss, Chicago Reader
Scientific Paper: Mycologia   
New Taxa: Cantharellus chicagoensis
Common Name: Chicago chanterelle
Categories: Celebrity Taxa | Mushrooms & Fungi | New Species
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Chicago-area scientists have named a new species of mushroom in the city’s honor. And it might end up on your pizza.  The chanterelle was identified by researchers from the Field Museum and Chicago Botanic Garden with help from Northwestern University students.  The Chicago chanterelle is smaller than other chanterelle mushrooms and is practically odorless compared to the distinctive fruity smell emitted by other types.

The Chicago chanterelle is smaller than other chanterelle mushrooms and is practically odorless compared to the distinctive fruity smell emitted by other types. (Courtesy of the Field Museum)

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