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Fungimap is excited to announce 'sponsor a species': your opportunity to be a part of Australian fungal history!

Fungimappers are busy working towards publishing a second edition of Fungimap's highly successful field guide to Australian fungi, Fungi Down Under. This project involves hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of volunteer time to identify and record the species, convert this data into maps, describe the species, source the images and manage the project, etc. We're offering Fungimappers the opportunity to donate to the Austral Fungi Fund which will help us publish the book.

The minimum to sponsor a species is $100. We will be auctioning the 25 most popular species (as voted by the FDU2 team) from Fungi Down Under at the Queensland Fungi Festival. The list of these is below - if you'd like to get a bid in before then, get in touch!

The remaining 75 species from the first edition of Fungi Down Under will be released mid May, and you will be able to sponsor them by purchasing online, or calling us to arrange the payment. The list of the second 100 species that will be published in Fungi Down Under 2 has not been finalised yet. As this information becomes available, the second 100 species will be released for sponsoring. We’ll publicise this on our website, on our Facebook page, and by emailing and mailing our members.

Your donation as part of Sponsor a species supports the Austral Fungi Fund. The AFF supports the work of Fungimap in advancing knowledge and conservation of Australian fungi, such as through publication of field guides, organising training workshops and preparing submissions that assist public policy development. Fungimap will be pleased to acknowledge your donation in the following ways:

• Acknowledgement of your donation in the print and, if relevant, e-book editions of Fungi Down Under 2. Your donation will also be acknowledged in the Fungi Down Under Online Field Guide, and in the Fungimap Newsletter.

• An A4 certificate of appreciation at the time of donation, and also a proof of the A5 page of the species that has been sponsored once the hard copy book is printed (expected to be in 2016).

• A tax invoice detailing your tax deductible contribution to the Austral Fungi Fund.

Please note only individuals and not-for-profit groups are eligible for their Sponsor a Species donation to be tax-deductible. Businesses can still Sponsor a Species, but the donation would not be tax deductible.

For all questions, please contact us.

 The 25 most popular species, to be auctioned, are (you can learn more about them on Fungi Down Under Online):

Mycena interrupta

Aseroe rubra

Podoserpula pusio

Cyttaria gunnii

Boletellus obscurecoccineus

Amanita xanthocephala

Pseudohydnum gelatinosum

Cortinarius persplendidus (Dermocybe splendida)

Cortinarius metallicus

Cyptotrama aspratum

Omphalotus nidiformis

Hericium coralloides

Mycena nargan

Entoloma virescens group

Phallus indusiatus

Amanita muscaria

Cortinarius austrovenetus (Dermocybe austroveneta)

Cortinarius rotundisporus

Porpolomopsis (Hygrocybe) lewellinae

Cruentomycena (Mycena) viscidocruenta

Coprinus comatus

Anthracophyllum archeri

Gymnopilus junonius

Geastrum fornicatum

Ileodictyon cibarium

 

Participate in the Australian Ecosystem Science Long-Term Plan

Dear Friend,

 

We have the opportunity during February – March 2014 to influence development of the Australian Ecosystem Science Long-Term Plan.  This Plan is being developed by Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network, Australian Academy of Science, Ecological Society of Australia, CSIRO, Birds Australia, Wet Tropics Management Authority, Global Change Institute, Soil Science Australia and Geoscience Australia.  

The Plan aims to  to ensure we have a cohesive vision and plan for sustaining and developing ecosystem science in Australia”. However, despite much planning and consideration of the future, the ecology currently being proposed for the Plan is biased towards plants and vertebrates. As we know, these two groups combined comprise less than 10% of Australia's biodiversity (Chapman 2009) while the Fungal Kingdom alone is about 9% of our biodiversity. Do we really want our ecological science based on less than 10% of the biota, particularly when this 10% does not include all functional groups of ecosystems?

The International Union for Conservation of Nature has recognized that fungal conservation is just as important as animal and plant conservation, and has called on governments worldwide to pay much more attention to fungal conservation. Yet compared with many animals and plants, very little is known about fungi. That knowledge gap needs to be explicitly recognized and plans such as the Australian Ecosystem Science Long-Term Plan should be prepared to deal with that gap. If we are going to have the tools for future conservation and restoration management we need to know the common species of all functional groups within ecosystems at the very least. We also need to understand the linkages in our ecosystems. We have the ecological tools (May & McMullan-Fisher 2012) to look across all phylogentic groups, and now need to develop these to understand the functional links in ecosystems and the different species carrying out these different roles.

We invite you to use the Vision for Australian Fungal Conservation as inspiration and briefing notes to participate actively in your local “Town Hall” meeting for the Ecosystem Science Long-Term Plan (http://www.ecosystemscienceplan.org.au/Events-pg26776.html). If you can’t attend, we encourage you to contact the project coordinator directly to provide them with a link to/copy of the Vision for Australian Fungal Conservation, and to share this information with your networks.

 

Yours sincerely,

Sapphire McMullan-Fisher
 
Fungimap - Conservation & Biodiversity Subcommittee
 
 
 
 

Online Field Guide is back!

After a long absence, the Fungimap Online Field Guide to all of the current target fungi species is now back online. 

Click here to go the Online Field Guide.

There are still some species where we either do not have a good photograph of the taxa, or for which we do not have appropriate Creative Commons copyright licensing to use the photo online, but we will be aiming to ensure that every species has at least one representative photo over the coming months. If you have a photo which you would like to contribute, you can email it to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Be sure to assign Creative Commons Attribute-Share-Alike status to any images you submit to us so that we can post them online.

Thanks for all of your cooperation and assistance and I hope you find this a useful resource.

 

Fungimap VII Conference

 

Rawson Village hosted the seventh biennial Fungimap Conference in May 2013. The conference was jointly organised by Fungimap and the Field Naturalists’ Club of Victoria (FNCV) in order to both raise awareness and build community capacity in appreciating, identifying and recording fungi.

The Conference included a Day of Talks, a weekend of forays and workshops on a diverse range of topics, and a full day foray to Tarra Bulga National Park. Additional activities included a Trivia Night, a Celebratory Dinner, the Fungimap Choir, Fungimap Target Species Bingo and a Silent Auction.

The Conference was highly successful, attracting over 80 participants including students, educators, researchers, government employees, field naturalists, land managers and environmental consultants.

With seven forays organised each morning, participants made 791 observational records of fungi during the conference, of which 245 were identified only to genus level, 30 taxa were “unknown”, and the remainder of 515 records were identified to species level. Additionally, approximately 2,000 photographs were taken and submitted to the Fungimap Images Database, and 25 collections were made for the National Herbarium of Victoria.

 Forays

Click on the links below to go directly to the list of records for that foray, or alternatively download the full list of records by clicking here (Excel spreadsheet).

 

Day

Leader

Location 

Saturday, May 25 2013 Ed and Pat Grey Seninis Track Camping Ground
Saturday, May 25 2013 Richard Robinson Mushroom Rocks Track
Saturday, May 25 2013 Pam Catcheside Eastern Tyers River camp site/picnic area (O'Sheas Mill)
Saturday, May 25 2013 Sapphire McMullan-Fisher Rawson After Fire
Saturday, May 25 2013 Jurrie Hubregtse Old Steel Bridge Walking Track
Saturday, May 25 2013 Paul George Walhalla Rail Trail
Saturday, May 25 2013 Tom May Beech Gully Nature Trail
Sunday, May 26 2013 Richard Robinson Australian Alps Walking Track, off Mt Erica Road
Sunday, May 26 2013 Simone Louwhoff Mushroom Rocks Track
Sunday, May 26 2013 Sapphire McMullan-Fisher Walhalla Rail Trail – Coopers Creek Road
Sunday, May 26 2013 Thelma and Phillip Bridle Walhalla Railway Reserve, Erica
Sunday, May 26 2013 Sarah Lloyd Happy Jack Track
Sunday, May 26 2013 Jurrie and Virgil Hubregtse Gravel Dump near Erica
Sunday, May 26 2013 Ed and Pat Grey Mountain Monarchs Walk
Monday, May 27 2013 Thelma and Phillip Bridle Ash Track to Fern Gully, Tarra-Bulga National Park
Monday, May 27 2013 Sapphire McMullan-Fisher Forest Track, Tarra-Bulga National Park
Monday, May 27 2013 Tom May Scenic Track, Tarra-Bulga National Park
Monday, May 27 2013 Tom May Suspension Bridge & Scenic Track, Tarra-Bulga National Park
Monday, May 27 2013 Sarah Lloyd Suspension Bridge Walk, Tarra-Bulga National Park
Monday, May 27 2013 Pam Catcheside Tarra-Bulga National Park
Monday, May 27 2013 Richard Robinson Tarra-Bulga National Park

Notable Records

Notable records included Chlorovibrissea bicolor, a very rare fungus often found growing nearby flowing water; Leucopaxillus lilacinus which is quite rare; Cortinarius perfetens (formerly in the genus Rozites) and Laccaria sp. A which are both only found with Nothofagus; Craterellus cornucopiodes and Mycena toyerlaricola which are both restricted to cool temperate rainforest; and Podohydnangium australe which was collected for the National Herbarium of Victoria and is a rare truffle-like species.

Genus

Records

%

Mycena 132 16.69%
Laccaria 31 3.92%
Unknown 30 3.79%
Hypholoma 27 3.41%
Cortinarius 24 3.03%
Marasmius 24 3.03%
Russula 22 2.78%
Crepidotus 18 2.28%
Collybia 16 2.02%
Psathyrella 16 2.02%
Stereum 16 2.02%
Gymnopilus 14 1.77%
Entoloma 11 1.39%
Ganoderma 11 1.39%
Other   50.44%

Most Common Species

Count

Mycena cystidiosa 17
Collybia eucalyptorum 14
Mycena interrupta 14
Hypholoma fasciculare 13
Stereum ostrea 11
Heterotextus peziziformis 9
Mycena kuurkacea 9
Mycena kurramulla 8
Pseudohydnum gelatinosum 8
Ascocoryne sarcoides 7
Bisporella citrina 6
Crepidotus variabilis 6
Ganoderma australe 6
Lactarius eucalypti 6
Mycena epipterygia group 6


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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