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eNews 33 - August 2020

Fairy lampshade, Wilson's Promontory, Victoria, photo Steve Axford

Greetings from new Coordinator 

I hope you are all making the most of winter and getting out and about among the fungi!

I am delighted to have come on board as the new Fungimap Coordinator, based on the Fleurieu Peninsula in South Australia. Over my first few weeks in the job I have been busy learning many new processes and getting to know the ins and outs of how this organisation operates. I would like to thank all the committee members and Fungimap volunteers who have been inducting and supporting me so patiently through this period! And I would especially like to thank everyone who has picked up extra tasks over this period of change for the organisation (including Lyn who has been putting together this e-news).

Fungimap now operates remotely without a fixed office address. The online book shop currently operates out of our wonderful volunteer Graham's home in Melbourne, and our committee members are spread around the country with meetings held through video link. This has made us a more COVID-resilient organisation, with a structure (dare I say!) resembling fungi hyphae, and I look forward to working with the committee on new directions for the organisation.

I have recently joined iNaturalist and started snapping and uploading species found on my family's hikes through conservation parks, and am loving learning more about these species thanks to the experts on iNaturalist verifying names. I encourage everyone to join the 'Fungimap Project' on iNaturalist, contribute records, and keep adding to our knowledge about Australian fungi. 

Sophie Green
Fungimap Coordinator
Laetiporus portentosus (White punk), Dutchman's Stern Conservation Park,
photo Joel Catchlove
Stereum hirsutum (Hairy Curtain Crust), Deep Creek Conservation Park, photo Laura Wills

Frogs and Fungi of the Adelaide Hills

Adelaide dwellers are invited to join Fungimap this Saturday 8th August for an event with the Adelaide Hills Science Hub for National Science Week.

The event will include a fungi foray with Jasmin Packer from Fungimap, and a frogspotter wander with Steve Walker from Frogwatch SA. Learn about how you can become a citizen scientist in your own backyard and help to conserve our local hills biodiversity.

Details: Saturday 8th August, 2.30-4.30pm, Arbury Park Outdoor School

Bookings essential due to COVID restrictions – book here
Bisporella citrina, photo Steve Axford

Truffle and Escargot foray, Star Swamp, Perth

The Western Australian Naturalists' Club held a Truffle and Escargot foray on Sunday 12th July. Being well aware of COVID-19 restrictions, we divided the 37 people who came along into 3 groups with several children in each group. We were disappointed that despite asking people to book in, we had 17 people turn up unexpectedly. Fortunately we had 6 fungi leaders and 2 native snail (Bothriembryon) specialists so we managed.

We identified 32 species of Fungi plus found more that we couldn't identify. Some of these fungi were:
  • Amanita xanthocephala and Phlebia subceracea, both Fungimap target species 
  • some Clitocybe sp that we couldn't identify to species
  • Coltricia sp (which we are no longer naming to species level as either cinnamomea or oblectans until further taxonomic work gets done to sort this genus)
  • Golden Tuart Cort Cortinarius ochraceofulva 
  • the lovely Golden Wood Fungus Gymnopilus allantopus
  • the Tuart nut fungus Harknessia uromycoides
  • sharp eyes spotted the white punk, Laetiporus portentosus, high in a Tuart tree
  • the Gilled Bolete Phelloporus clelandii
  • the tiny orange slime mould called Cute Baubles Trichia decipiens 
On the Escargot side, several live native snails were found as well as some empty shells - all Bothriembryon bulla. Interestingly, we also found some marine snail shells which Andrew was able to tell us were recent fossils from when this area was under water thousands of years ago. We were amazed!
Fungi leaders demonstrated the use of mirrors to create photos useful for submitting to iNaturalist for aid with fungi identifications, and some of the observations from the morning were submitted to iNaturalist.

By Roz Hart, Fungimap President
Fascinating fungi -
the intelligent kingdom

ABC 891 currently has a Conversations episode featuring English biologist Merlin Sheldrake. Merlin became fascinated by fungi as a child, grew mushrooms in his cupboard, and went on to study fungi at Cambridge University with his research exploring the interconnection between fungi and plants in the 'Wood Wide Web'. Merlin's extreme experiments have led to equally remarkable discoveries.

Mycena interrupta,
photo Steve Axford

Listen to the episode here

Slime mould enthusiasts rejoice!

Our online shop is now stocking two new books by Sarah Lloyd OAM. Sarah has studied slime moulds for a decade in the forest surrounding her home in northern Tasmania. Now available to purchase: 
The new Third edition of Where the Slime Mould Creeps, which introduces the fascinating world of myxomycetes, the plasmodial or acellular slime moulds. It describes their life cycle, the different types of plasmodia and fruiting bodies, and includes numerous photos that illustrate this important but little-known subject.
New publication Myxomycetes of Black Sugarloaf, Tasmania, Australia. This book is a compendium of Sarah's amazing photos of 125 taxa together with detailed descriptions of each. The beautiful images range from a size you might see with the naked eye or a hand lens, down to the microscopic features often required to identify them.
Dust and leaf sampling

Estonian mycologist Leho Tedersoo is looking for more participants for a global citizen science fungal project. They are after samples from household dust and plant leaves to sequence for fungi. They are particularly looking for samples from Eastern and Northern Australia. The sampling should take 10 minutes with easy instructions to follow via these links:

House dust -
Plant leaves - 

Knightiella spachnirima, photo Steve Axford

Mapping fungimappers!

Are you part of a group interested in fungi? Perhaps you meet up, learn, run fungi forays, and/or spread the word about the importance of fungi to ecology. If so, please let us know.

We want to see how Fungimap can help build and promote this growing community of fungimappers and what knowledge we might share.
My fungi group

We need your support - buy a book, join Fungimap, tell your friends.....

  • We record and map fungi in Australia.

  • We spread the word about the essential role of fungi in biodiversity.

  • We advocate for fungal conservation and investment in mycology.

  • We would love you to join us and help with this work.

Fungimap website

Our mailing address is:
Fungimap Inc.
c/o Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne
Private Bag 2000
South Yarra, Vic 3141 Australia

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