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Fungimap Inc. is a not-for-profit citizen science organisation dedicated to raising the profile of Australia's incredible fungal diversity. Our emphasis is on enjoying and learning about fungi, with a focus on macrofungi in the natural environment.

Fungimap eNews 24 - July 2019

Record and map your observations with iNaturalist

Mapping observations of fungi has always been a core objective of Fungimap. Initially, recorders sent in records by mail, then email, and now there is also an on-line form on the Fungimap website, or recorders can submit records via a spreadsheet. Records are stored in-house in a database, and from time to time data from this are sent to the Atlas of Living Australia.

However, the current methods of submitting records are relatively slow, especially as far as feedback, compared to emerging on-line and app systems.

Fungimap now recommends use of the iNaturalist platform, as a fast and accurate way to map fungi, and indeed all biota. Records on iNaturalist are largely based on images – you submit one or more photos of each observation, along with location and date (which can be extracted from the image metadata, or directly when you use the smartphone app).

iNaturalist is also proving to be a valuable learning and reference tool and allows fungimappers to engage with a community of citizen scientists.

Visit the Fungimap website for more information on how to get started using iNaturalist.

Image of Dentipellicula leptodon (Reiner Richter CC-BY-NC-SA)

Fungi Down Under 2 – target species maps

One of the features of the Fungimap guide Fungi Down Under is the maps. Indeed, FDU seems to have been the first field guide to fungi, for any region, to include maps. Maps remain an important part of the new edition of FDU that is in preparation. Thanks to August Hao (postgraduate student at The University of Melbourne) we now have maps of the 100 existing and 100 new target species that will appear in FDU2. Maps are based on data that August collated from Fungimap and other sources. We plan to make interactive versions of the maps available soon to facilitate checking of maps prior to publication.

Image: Maps for Mycena interrupta and the new target species Phillipsia subpurpurea and Entoloma austroroseum. Observations: green dots. Specimens: red dots.

Desert fungi swamped by deluge

Following successful fungus forays last year, Hindmarsh Landcare, Snape Reserve Committee of Management and Wimmera Catchment Management Authority supported two further workshops this autumn to introduce participants to the diversity and ecology of fungi specific to those found in the Little Desert region but also within wider Australian and global contexts. Read more about Alison Pouliot's recent workshops and the fascinating fungi of Australia's arid areas here

Image: Lachlan Maroske, Tom May and Alison Pouliot examine fungi on the display table (Jan John).

Fungi Events

Public events at the Australasian Fungi Red List Workshop

There are two, free public events at the Workshop on Red Listing of Fungi from the Australasian region, to be held at Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, 22-26 July:

  • Hear about inspiring efforts to conserve fungi around the globe at a Public Forum on evening of Tuesday 23rd July.
  • Learn about the assessment of conservation status of fungi at a General Session of the Workshop on Monday 22nd July.

Both events are free, but please book. Program and booking details here.

Image: One of the fungi to be assessed at the Red List Workshop, the spectacular Barbie Pagoda Fungus (Podoserpula miranda), known from only a few sites in New Caledonia, where it was discovered by members of the Société Mycologique de Nouvelle-Calédonie, growing exclusively on the base of Oak Gums (Arillastrum gummiferum). (Christian Laudereau).

Putting Wimmera fungi on the map

Join Fungimap and Kowree Farm Tree Group Landcare for two fungi events:
  • Wednesday 7th Aug 2019 7-9 pm, Presentation 'Putting Wimmera fungi on the map', Edenhope
  • Thursday 8th Aug 2019 meet 9.30am, Wimmera ‘Monitor your local fungi’, Ullswater
Contact Kowree Farm Tree Group Landcare, for more information/RSVP Annette on 0402 209175 or email.

How to upload Lost Fungi data workshop

This workshop is for those people who have data of Victorian Rare and threatened fungi. Learn how to upload Lost Fungi data into Biocollect. We will help you enter data into the Biocollect project which will accept absence or 'Zero' data which is important for conservation of small populations. Please bring your data and a computer or smart device.

Morning tea will be provided. Please book to receive more location details by contacting Fungimap Conservation.
Where: Walmer VIC 3463
When: Saturday, August 10 - 10am

Hills Science Expo at Cleland Wildlife Park

Join the Adelaide Hills Science Hub & Fungimap for a day of talks and displays at Cleland Wildlife Park. From art, lego, coding, frogs & wildlife-friendly gardens to doing nature art or taking fungi & biodiversity walks… there will be even more for everyone at our National Science Week event.

Where: Cleland Conservation Park
365 Mount Lofty Summit Road, Crafers, SA 5152
When: Saturday, August 10 - 9am
Tickets: $22.50  

In the Fungimap shop:
A Field Guide to Tasmanian Fungi
(Second Edition)

We recently received a delivery of Genevieve Gates and David Ratkowsky's excellent Field Guide to Tasmanian Fungi. Featuring 650 species, this comprehensive field guide is also useful and relevant to southern parts of the mainland, including wetter parts of SA and WA. Available now for $40 + $5 shipping in the Fungimap shop. 

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