Resources & links

Cortinarius archeri  photo Paul George

Free downloadable guides and identification charts

Several local councils, government agencies, and community groups have published free local fungi identification charts:

Fungi of the Illawarra brochure – Shell Harbor Council
A Guide to common fungi of the Hunter-Central Rivers Region – NSW Government Hunter Local Land Services
Fungi of the Central Tablelands and Central West NSW – NSW Government Local Land Services
Fungi in Australia 7 part downloadable e-book – Field Naturalists’ Club of Victoria
Know Your Fungi, Mitchell Shire Council – Mitchell Shire Council
Fungi of the Surf Coast Shire – ANGAIR Inc
Fungi of the Box Ironbark Forests and Woodlands of Central Victoria – Alison Pouliot
Fungi of the Mornington Peninsula – Alison Pouliot
A little Field Guide to West Brisbane Fungi – Wolston and Centenary Catchments
Queensland’s Stinkhorns poster and Queensland’s Stinkhorns species descriptions – Queensland Mycological Society
Fungi of the Perth Region and Beyond: a self-managed field book – West Australian Naturalists’ Club
A Guide to Macrofungi in the Shire of Denmark, Mt Hallowell & Wilson Inlet Foreshore Reserves – Shire of Denmark
Fungus Factsheets – WA Parks and Wildlife Service
Fungi of the Adelaide Hills identification chart – SA Government Adelaide & Mt Lofty Ranges NRM
Find our Fungi! ID chart – SA Government Murray Darling Basin NRM

School/Educational Resources

The following resources have been created by Rose Dow and Richard Geytenbeek from South Australia, for use in a school context: 

Fungi Poster Notes
Questions Fungal Poster_Bogdan

Fungi Teacher Notes Vale Park
BTN video featuring Dr Sapphire McMullan-Fisher

The SA Government Murray Darling Basin NRM and Fungimap have also put together a great series of fungi videos for use with children:

How to go on a Fungi Walk
The kingdom of fungi
How to log fungi sightings on iNaturalist


Fungi Down Under: the Fungimap Guide to Australian Fungi, Pat Grey & Ed Grey, published Fungimap & Royal Botanic Gardens published 2005, reprinted 2010 (available in shop)

Australian subtropical fungi, authors McMullan-Fisher, Sapphire, Leonard, Patrick, Guard, Frances, published by Suncoast Fungi 2014, reprinted 2016 by Fungimap (available in shop)

Where the slime mould creeps – the fascinating world of myxomycetes, Lloyd, Sarah, printed 2014, reprinted 2015 and revised 2018 (available in shop)

A LITTLE BOOK OF CORALS (REVISION 3) 2018 (2), Pat & Ed Grey Has descriptions and photographs of 39 species including 5 new: Clavicorona taxophila, Clavulina tasmanica, Ramaria pyrispora, Ramaria watlingii and Samaria samuelsii.  Also a CORAL FUNGI DESCRIPTION SHEET (downloadable free).

A field guide to the fungi of Australia, Young, A M, published University of NSW Press, 2005, reprinted 2010

A field guide to Australian Fungi, Fuhrer, B A, published Bloomings Books 2009, reprinted 2011

The magical world of fungi, Negus, Patricia, author with notes by Richard Robinson & Jane Scott, Cape to Cape Publishing 2006, reprinted 2014 (Beautifully illustrated in watercolour.)

Australian fungi illustrated, McCann, I R, published McDown Productions 2003


State of the World’s Fungi Symposium 2018 Report – a must read!


Australasian Mycological Society

Field Naturalists Club of Victoria – extensive section of website for identification of fungi

Part 1 “Introduction” introduces you to Fungi In Australia and also to the Kingdom Fungi. Part 2 “Ascomycota: Pezizomycotina” contains the descriptions of ascomycetes. Part 3 “Basidiomycota: Agaricomycotina : I” contains the order Agaricales, which includes most of the gilled fungi. Part 4 “Basidiomycota: Agaricomycotina : II” contains the rest of the orders that make up Agaricomycotina, which are predominantly species of non-gilled fungi. Parts 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9 comprise the “Photographic Guides”, which can be used in the field to assist in the identification process.

Queensland Mycological Society

Sarah Lloyd Searching for slime moulds in northern Tasmania – a beautiful website with lots of photos and information on this subject.

Western Australian Field Naturalists – Fungi Study Group

Australian National Herbarium section on fungi

       Adelaide University – Mycology Online

Fungi on flickr

Fungal Network of New Zealand

Wanaaki Whenua Landcare Research NZ


British Mycological Society First Nature UK

Fungus Conservation Trust UK

State of the World’s Fungi Report 2018

BBC Earth: The whimsical world of waxcaps

Roy E. Halling, New York Botanical Gardens, Curator of Mycology, Institute of Systematic Botany Ph.D., University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 1980 Specialty: Agaricales and Boletales (mushrooms, puffballs and related groups)
Mycoweb – Fungi of California

Asian Mycological Society

Mycological Society of America

International Mycological Society 

mycobank international online database

European Mycological Association

International Mycorrhiza Society

Encyclopaedia of Life, fungi section