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Tarkine Expeditions

The Tarkine region in northwest Tasmania contains the largest single tract of cool temperate rainforest in Australia and is an area of significant biodiversity recommended for protection as a World Heritage site or National Park.  During the listing process surveys and lists of plant communities, birds, vascular plants, bryophytes and lichens have been produced. As a probable hotspot of fungal diversity, an inventory of the fungi of the Tarkine would assist in further highlighting its preservation value. To this end, Fungimap members, including professional and amateur mycologists, made collections and observations during three expeditions into the Tarkine in 2005, 2006, and 2012. Dates were:

  • 29 April - 3 May 2005

  • 19 - 24 April 2006

  • 1-6 May 2012

Key results of these expeditions include:

  • 352 of the 385 fungal taxa recorded from the Tarkine were recorded during Fungimap expeditions;
  • Approximately 80% of the collections from the Tarkine held at the National Herbarium of Victoria (MEL) were made during Fungimap Expeditions, demonstrating the value to herbariums of engaging with citizen science organisations;
  • The 2012 Fungimap Expedition resulted in 600 images of fungi, which will assist in future surveys and as a resource for the community. View the images by clicking here;
  • Many collections, including undescribed species, still need microscopic and/or DNA analysis. Fungimap will be seeking resources for follow-on taxonomic work;

Read the full report here: Coming soon!

Fungimap expeditions to the Tarkine in 2005, 2006, and 2012 were supported by the National Herbarium of Victoria, who provided both financial and in-kind support. Additional support for the 2006 Fungimap Expedition was provided by Australian Geographic, the Launceston Field Naturalists Club, and the Central North Field Naturalists. The 2012 Fungimap Expedition was co-organised and funded by the Cradle Coast Natural Resource Management Group (Cradle Coast NRM) and the Central North Field Naturalists.  

 

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