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Seeking sightings of Tea-tree Fingers

Tea-tree Fingers Tom May

 Tea-tree Fingers on branch (Tom May CC-SA_NC)

Help save Tea-tree Fingers

Tea-tree Fingers (Hypocreopsis amplectens) is the only macrofungus listed under the Victorian Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988. However, as yet, no action plan for this species' survival and recovery has been developed.

Recent surveys by Fungimap and the community suggest that in the last decade it has disappeared from two of the three known locations on the Mornington Peninsula and Coastal Gippsland.

We are asking local people to keep their eyes open for this threatened species and contact Fungimap if they find it. There are concerns that it may have become critically endangered, therefore we are keen to locate any surviving populations.

Please help find Tea-tree Fingers

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Tea-Tree fingers (TTF) fruit bodies are about the size of a 50¢ coin (~2-5 cm) and clasp small branches. Fungimap has created an identification booklet and survey forms to help gather data about TTF.

This booklet is designed to help you recognise TTF and record information about this rare fungus. We hope to find out about new populations which could be present on public or private areas of bushland.  Download booklet here (Note this is 220 dpi resolution so is 3.5 MB).

Known Victorian populations have been found in long-unburnt heathy woodlands and Tea-tree thickets on the Mornington Peninsula and Coastal Gippsland. TTF has been found in other vegetation types including forests with southern beeches (Nothofagus) in New Zealand and New South Wales.

Tea-tree Fingers only fruits on some of the available woody substrates, mainly standing dead wood (stags) and branches. These are usually about 2-5 cm thick and about 1 m long. Typically it favours wood that is dead but not yet lying on the ground.

Species of Hypocreopsis are unusual, because they live on other species of fungi (they are 'fungicolous'). They are probably parasites - of fruit bodies or the mycelium, possibly both. As yet we know very little about how our species TTF (Hypocreopsis amplectens) lives, which is why your observations are so important.

TTF lives on  wood-rotting fungi. The main host is thought to be a species of Hymenochaete, which emerges as flat brown patches on the under surface of fallen logs and branches.

Get to know what Tea-Tree fingers looks like and keep your eyes open wherever you go!

Spotted it? Let us know!

We have drawn up threatened species survey forms and examples to show how they should be filled in. We would also welcome any extra information you can send us. For conservation efforts it is not only important to know where species are when but we also need to know when people have looked for TTF and have NOT found it.

Download Survey Forms or Example forms.

If you would prefer to submit your observations as a “chatty” email rather than as forms email us Fungimap (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Please take care

Please do NOT collect Tea-tree Fingers or the likely host fungus Hymenochaete species. At this point, we have not learned enough about the biology to know if collecting is detrimental to populations.

Also please take care moving through the bush. Be aware of this species’ substrate requirements and avoid trampling dead wood onto the ground.

Please be aware that locations where Tea-tree Fingers could be found may have high conservation value. In order to prevent the spread of weeds and pathogens, good hygiene is essential. Before carrying out any searches, please make sure to clean any equipment, including footwear. Ideally Phytoclean or methylated spirits should also be used to clean boots and equipment between any sites you visit.

Good luck fungi hunting. If you have any questions contact Fungimap (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Help save Tea-tree Fingers by donating

 To donate once off, either send a cheque to "Fungimap Inc" at c/o Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne,  Private Bag 2000,  South Yarra VIC 3141,  or click on the paypal button to donate on left via credit card or bank transfer using Paypal (you do not have to have or register for a PayPal account). Donations are normally acknowledged in the Fungimap newsletter, so please let us know if you would prefer to be anonymous. Tax deductibel donations to the Austral Fungi Fund support Fungimap's objectives of increasing knowledge and conservation of Australian fungi.

Fungimap Events in Northern & North-west Tasmania 2016

SarahLloydMR19maybeSaturdayTasmania's glorious wet forests are hotspots of fungal diversity. Fungimap has conducted several expeditions to the Tarkine and they have contributed to a greater understanding of Australian fungi. What these expeditions revealed, however, is that it is obvious there is so much more to discover in Tasmania!

We returned in May 2016 to conduct four days of educational activities followed by a Mycological Expedition to the Tarkine based at Waratah. 






Donations to date for the Tasmanian Fungi campaign: 

Funds raised since 30 March 2016 as of 20 July 2016: 








 To donate once off, either send a cheque to "Fungimap Inc" at c/o Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne,  Private Bag 2000,  South Yarra VIC 3141,  or click on the paypal button to donate via credit card or bank transfer using Paypal (you do not have to have or register for a PayPal account). Donations are normally acknowledged in the Fungimap newsletter, so please let us know if you would prefer to be anonymous.

Details of Public Events:


Dates & Times in May 2016



Tue 17, 7:30 pm

Knowing Australian fungi - from mushrooms to the mycobiome’ by Dr Tom May


Australian Plants Society Tasmania Inc. At the Max Fry Hall, Trevallyn.

Wed 18, 9:30 am -12 & 1-3:30 pm

Fungi walks with Dr Tom May, Dr Sapphire McMullan-Fisher and Julie Fielder

Liffey Valley near Westbury, exact locations upon booking. 

Thur 19 , 6:30 pm

Talks ‘Fabulous Fungi’ Dr Sapphire McMullan-Fisher and ‘The ins and outs of information about Australian fungi’by Tom May

At Cradle Coast NRM, 1-3 Spring Street, Burnie.

Sat 21 - Sun 22, 9:30 am - 4 pm

Fungi and Slime mould displays.

Events base at or leave from Elma Fagan Hall, Waratah.

Sat 21, 9:30 am -12 &

1 - 3:30 pm

& Sun 22, 9:30 am -12

Fungi walks with Dr Tom May, Dr Teresa Lebel, Dr Sapphire McMullan-Fisher, Pam Catcheside and Julie Fielder



Speakers, Talks & Workshop Descriptions:

Sarah Lloyd

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Sarah Lloyd is a naturalist, writer and photographer with a lifelong interest in birds and a more recent interest in plants, fungi, myxomycetes and invertebrate. She is currently editor of The Natural News, the newsletter of the Central North Field Naturalists, has contributed numerous records to Fungimap and has written natural history books about several locations around Tasmania including the Tarkine, Blue Tier, Great Western Tiers and Panatana. Her most recent books are Where the Slime Mould creeps the fascinating world of myxomycetes (2014) and The Feathered Tribes of Van Diemen’s Land (2015).

Slime moulds – what are they?

Sat 21 & Sun 22, 12:15 - 12:45, Elma Fagan Hall, Waratah.

Acellular slime moulds – the myxomycetes—are very common organisms found wherever there is organic material. Despite their ubiquity, few people know they exist and even specialists can’t decide where they belong on the tree of life.

This short talk will give an overview of the lifestyle of myxomycetes explaining why they have been described variously as plants, animals, fungi and, most recently, protists.

Sarah studies and photographs myxomycetes in the wet eucalypt forest that surrounds her home in central north Tasmania. The talk will include numerous images of these ephemeral, unpredictable, but often exquisitely beautiful organisms.

Tom May

Dr Tom May is a Senior Mycologist at Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, where he carries out research on the taxonomy and ecology of larger fungi. Tom has been an active participant in community natural history groups for several decades, including a stint as President of the Field Naturalists Club of Victoria and current role as President of Fungimap Inc. Tom is also active in initiatives to improve the conservation status of fungi, and is a member of the IUCN Mushroom, Bracket and Puffball Specialist Group. Tom’s contributions to improving knowledge and conservation of Australian fungi were recognised by the award of the Australian Natural History Medallion in 2014.

Knowing Australian fungi - from mushrooms to the mycobiome

Tue 17, 7:30 pm, Australian Plants Society Tasmania Inc. At the Max Fry Hall, Trevallyn.

What do we know about Australian fungi? How many species are there? What are they all doing in soil, wood and plant leaves? Tom will discuss the diversity and roles of larger fungi such as mushrooms, including ways that field naturalists are contributing to knowledge. His talk will also cover tools for accessing information on your local fungi, through the Atlas of Living Australia. The talk will conclude with a look at exciting new molecular tools for investigating the mycobiome.

The ins and outs of information about Australian fungi

Thur 19 , 6:30 pm, At Cradle Coast NRM, 1-3 Spring Street, Burnie & Sat 21, 5:30 - 7 pm, Elma Fagan Hall, Waratah.

How can field naturalists contribute to knowledge of Australian fungi? Tom will explore the various ways that sightings and images of fungi can be lodged; how these are identified; and how you can access information about your local fungi, such as through the Atlas of Living Australia.

Workshop on Identification of mushrooms

Sun 22, 1 - 3:30 pm, Elma Fagan Hall, Waratah.

This workshop will cover basic terminology for describing the features of mushrooms; how you can use these features to identify your local mushrooms; and currently available resources for mushroom identification, including FunKey. The focus is on mushrooms (the gilled fungi also known as agarics). Participants are welcome to bring collections or images to discuss in the workshop.

Sapphire McMullan-Fisher

Dr Sapphire McMullan-fisher has been actively involved with Fungimap since 1999. She was Project Officer for the Altas of Living Australia – Fungimap project in 2012. This project was full of Sapphire’s interests which include community engagement and action; scientific communication and education; fungal photography and image management; bioinformatics and natural history observations; collecting fungi and using names that taxonomists create.She is the regional representative for Australasia for the International Society for Fungal Conservation [ISFC], and is active with Australian scientific and community groups like the Ecological Society of Australia, Australian Bryophyte Workshops and field naturalist clubs.

Records for Fungimap

Sat 21, 1 - 3 pm, Elma Fagan Hall, Waratah.

One of our Fungimap mottos is 'Putting Australian fungi on the map'. We now have over 150,000 records from more than 700 contributors nationwide. These data are a significant contribution to the understanding of well-known, regconisable species of Australian fungi. Yet current research in many areas, especially conservation, is hampered by lack of basic knowledge of the biology and distribution of our fungi.

The focus of the work is to develop people's knowledge about fungi and to provide practical demonstrations of how to collect fungi data. We will introduce preferred Fungimap survey protocols and help participants develop their fungi recognition skills. We will also give tips on how to take photographs of fungi that assist with identification.

Teresa Lebel

Dr Teresa Lebel is a Senior Mycologist at Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria. Teresa's research interests are primarily focused on the taxonomy, systematics and biogeography of Australasian truffle-like fungi and related agarics, in particular the Russulales, Boletales and Agaricaceae. Teresa is also intrigued by the interactions between fungi and other organisms, including the effects of mycophagy (by insects or mammals, including humans) and introduced weedy ectomycorrhizal fungi on macrofungal diversity and community structure; the co-evolution of interactions between ectomycorrhizal fungi, plant associates and mycophagous mammals; and the co-evolution of gall-midge–microfungi interactions.

Fungi are Amazing

Sat 21, 5:30 - 7 pm, Elma Fagan Hall, Waratah.

Sponsor a species


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.

Species are avialable for sponsorship, these are from the first edition of Fungi Down Under and an additional 100 species that will be published in Fungi Down Under 2. Many of these species can be seen on our online field guide.

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, 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 2018).

• 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.

Many of the species are avialable for sponsorship through our online shop. A list of all the currently available species are listed below, please contact us directly if a species is not yet in the shop:

AGARICS Agaricus xanthodermus BIRD’S NESTS Sphaerobolus stellatus
AGARICS Amanita arenaria [=Torrendia arenaria] BOLETES Laccocephalum hartmannii
AGARICS Amanita austroviridis group BOLETES Phlebopus marginatus
AGARICS Asterophora mirabilis BRACKETS Piptoporus australiensis
AGARICS Cantharellus concinnus CHANTERELLES Craterellus cornucopioides
AGARICS Cortinarius austroalbidus CHANTERELLES Helvella chinensis
AGARICS Cortinarius sublargus CLUBS Underwoodia beatonii
AGARICS Hypholoma brunneum CORALS Clavaria amoena [=Clavulinopsis amoena]
AGARICS Inocybe violaceocaulis CRUSTS, CUSHIONS, BALLS AND FLASKS Annulohypoxylon bovei [=Hypoxylon bovei]
AGARICS Marasmius oreades CRUSTS, CUSHIONS, BALLS AND FLASKS Hypoxylon howeianum
AGARICS Oudemansiella radicata group CRUSTS, CUSHIONS, BALLS AND FLASKS Neobarya agaricicola [=Barya agaricicola]
AGARICS Pleurotus australis CUPS & DISCS Aleuria rhenana
AGARICS Roridomyces (Mycena) austrororida CUPS & DISCS Aleurina ferruginea [=Jafneadelphus ferrugineus]
AGARICS Simocybe phlebophora CUPS & DISCS Ascocoryne sarcoides
AGARICS Volvopluteus gloiocephalus (Volvariella speciosa) CUPS & DISCS Banksiamyces macrocarpus
POLYPORES Gloeophyllum concentricum CUPS & DISCS Cookeina insititia [=Boedijnopeziza insititia, Microstoma insititium]
POLYPORES Hexagonia vesparia [=H. gunnii] CUPS & DISCS Scutellinia scutellata group
POLYPORES Laetiporus portentosus [=Piptoporus portentosus] FALSE TRUFFLES Gymnogaster boletoides
POLYPORES Microporus affinis JELLIES Heterotextus peziziformis group [including Heterotextus miltinus]
POLYPORES Neolentiporus maculatissimus LASCHIOIDS Favolaschia calocera
POLYPORES Panellus (Dictyopanus) pusillus LICHENS Badimiella pteridophila [=Badimiella serusiauxii]
SLIME MOULDS Ceratiomyxa fruticulosa LICHENS Xanthoparmelia semiviridis [=Chondropsis semiviridis]
SLIME MOULDS Fuligo septica PINS Chlorovibrissea bicolor
SMOOTH or WRINKLED FUNGI Auricularia delicata group PINS Vibrissea dura
SMOOTH or WRINKLED FUNGI Cotylidia undulata POLYPORES Aurantiporus pulcherrimus [=Tyromyces pulcherrimus]
SMOOTH or WRINKLED FUNGI Cymatoderma elegans STINKHORNS Claustula fischeri

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.


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