Wombat Forest - Fungi

Wombat Forest - Fungi

by John Walter


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The purpose of this group it to provide a photographic record of fungi species found within the Wombat Forest. Images should be sharp, close, and include features necessary for identification such as cap detail, gills/pores/spines and stem detail where possible. Not all fungi can be readily identified to species level without the aid of detailed microscopic examination and it is also not necessarily easy to identify the genus, however we wish to record all species found in the forest, both named and unnamed. While it is not intended that this be a "post your image for identification" site, efforts will be made to correct or offer names where possible. There is some overlap with the northern parts of the forest and the Drummond & nearby forest group and a separate group has been established for Macedon Ranges - Fungi.

Newbury VIC 3458, Australia


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  • Clitocybula sp. nov. sensu Gates & Ratkowsky(1) 2016 Streaky Yellow

    12 Apr 2014-37.4,144.3John Walter

    4 Images. This is Clitocybula sp. "Streaky Yellow", a little scruffy on top due to the heavy rain.

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  • Chlorociboria spp.

    29 Jul 2018-37.5,144.3zeke1944

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    1. zeke1944  Seen at Jack Cann reserve

      Reply • 06 Aug

    2. zeke1944  Chlorociboria spp. species id suggested

      Reply • 07 Aug

    3. John Walter  Research done in New Zealand a decade ago identified 15 species of Chlorociboria in that country, many of which have long stipes. It is thought that Australasia is a centre of diversity for this genus (there are only two species in the northern hemisphere) however the research has not been done on Australian species. None of the NZ species appear to be a good match to this item but this was collected by the herbarium so a name may be found when the research is done.

      Reply • 09 Aug

  • Mycena spp.

    05 Aug 2018-37.5,144.3zeke1944

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    1. zeke1944  Could also belongf to Entoloma although there was no hint of pink.

      Reply • 06 Aug

    2. zeke1944  Mycena spp. species id suggested

      Reply • 09 Aug

  • Mycocalia spp.

    05 Aug 2018zeke1944

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    1. zeke1944  Inset is at Anglesea. I'm not really sure about this one it certainly looked the same as the Anglesea specimen on the Computer. and it does show a hint of pink through the sack. I didn't ID it in the field. Its very tiny. Anyway here it is again.

      Reply • 06 Aug

    2. John Walter  If you click on the earlier post to open it you can use the edit details to add the image back to that record. I suggest you then delete this record so it is only on the system once

      Reply • 06 Aug

    3. John Walter  Mycocalia denudata has several records for Victoria and M. duriaeana has not been recorded. Unfortunately this genus was not listed in Cunningham's Gasteromycetes of Australia and New Zealand but both the species listed here are depicted in my most comprehensive British field guide. The former species has yellow brown peridioles while the latter has red brown peridioles. As the inset image is from a different location it does not assist with this identification. I think Mycocalia spp. is the safest option here.

      Reply • 19 Aug

      • zeke1944  I realise this the inset looks like duriaeana as was tracked down as such by I think Tom May. Its a pity I didn't realise what it was at the time. I am however getting my eyes fixed at the moment so next time I'll be able to see more clearly. Also while I'm at it what constitutes the Otways. The Anglesea Heath? the Beach at Aireys Inlet (some good stuff there) The Swamp at Anglesea ?. Forest Road and or Cecil track. Gherang Gherang Reserve ? If this are all included I could tickle this along for quite some time with a lot of unusual species. Cheers R

        Reply • 19 Aug

  • Unidentified

    02 Aug 2018-37.4,144.4zeke1944

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    1. zeke1944  Found on a large log cat to 4cm. This is a new one on me. Gills adnate and spore probable brown..

      Reply • 02 Aug

  • Ramaria spp.

    01 Jun 2014-37.5,144.3zeke1944

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    1. zeke1944  Could well be Ramaria stunzii. Very small and it has been found in the Wombat Forest before.

      Reply • 02 Aug

    2. John Walter  This is the same specimen that was used to illustrate this species in the "Little Book of Corals", albeit taken from a different angle. In that publication it is listed as Ramaria stuntzii var. gelatinosa, an extremely rare species of which there are only two records, one from Olinda and one from the Wombat State Forest. Watling made these collections in 1982 and took to them back to Edinburgh where he names the variety in 1989. There are also two references to R. stuntzii, one is a specimen in Perth which was collected in USA, and the other is a recent sighting to the east of Melbourne. I would like to review this further and try and locate a copy of Watling's description. Young provides some information on the Qld Mycological Society site describing the stipe flesh as "white and distinctly gelatinous" and the apices as bright red. Index Fungorum has the comment "On soil or burnt over soil under Eucalyptus: Victoria"

      Reply • 02 Aug

    3. John Walter  What was the general location? Is that post burn debris next to it?

      Reply • 03 Aug

    4. zeke1944  I'd say so. It was a stone's throw from the Cortinarius canaria tree almost on the track. Lost the data again. Cheers R

      Reply • 03 Aug

    5. John Walter  Watlings original paper has eluded me however I now realise Young provided a more detailed description on the Qld site which includes colour photographs of the dried specimens collected by Watling. This is a good match in many ways although colour is a concern. The description of R. stuntzii var. stuntzii advises it is "scarlet" in youth, fading to "light orange-red" and Young's summary of var. gelatinosa states that form has pink to bright pink branches with bright red apices. Has this specimen faded to light orange-red? The image in the little corals publication shows some of the stipe and hints at the presence of strigose mycelium and white tomentum at the base which would conform with Young's notes but the image is not sharp enough in that area to be certain. The dried Wombat Forest specimen collected by Watling still shows strong pink tones. Perhaps this is Ramaria stuntzii var gelatinosa, and perhaps it is not. If it is not, then it also appears to not be any other Australian listed Ramaria species either. It is a big step to claim this as the only legitimate image of an in field specimen of Ramaria stuntzii var. gelatinosa without there being proper microscopic examination to back up the claim. I think it is best to list this as Ramaria spp. and put "possibly Ramaria stuntzii var. gelatinosa" in the the description field.

      Reply • 03 Aug

  • Cortinarius pseudorotundisporus

    15 May 2016-37.4,144.3John Walter

    Several images

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  • Hygrocybe virginea

    01 Jul 2015-37.4,144.3zeke1944

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    1. zeke1944  Hygrocybe virginea species id suggested

      Reply • 02 Aug

  • Cortinarius pseudorotundisporus

    17 May 2015-37.5,144.3zeke1944

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    1. zeke1944  I think this Cortinarius pseudorotundisporus, Have found this far and wide in several locations. It is smaller than C rotundisporus and always retains an umbo it also has on occasions yellowish hues the proportion is different as well with a smaller cap for the length of the stem. Usually found in wet gullies in groups. Seen in the Jack Cann reserve.

      Reply • 02 Aug

    2. John Walter  Yes, I have seen the FNCV refer to this item under that name. I have found it in Blue Gully and also near Mt Sabine Falls in the Otways. I have a description for C. pseudorotundisporus in my files some where, will review it and let you know - just found the description in another of Gasparini's papers and it is an excellent match. He mentions the pileus margin is striate in his English description, but he makes no reference to this in the official Latin diagnosis. Your image and mine do not indicate this species is translucently striate and Gasparini did not use the word transluscent so perhaps he was referring to the way the fibrils give it a vaguely striate appearance. It certainly was not deemed important enough to include in the diagnosis. I suspect the colour is a bit too dark in your image going by the level of the shadow and green on the fern. Could Cortinarius pseudorotundisporus be added to the database please.

      Reply • 02 Aug

    3. David Francis  Cortinarius pseudorotundisporus added to dataset

      Reply • 02 Aug

  • Cortinarius cramesinus Orange Dermocybe

    01 Jun 2014-37.5,144.3zeke1944

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    1. zeke1944  Featured as Cortinarius caustrocinnabarinus in gates p49. Photographed in the rain

      Reply • 02 Aug

  • Cortinarius austroalbidus

    02 Aug 2018-37.4,144.3zeke1944

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  • Hohenbuehelia spp.

    02 Aug 2018-37.4,144.3zeke1944

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    1. zeke1944  Hohenbuehelia spp. species id suggested

      Reply • 02 Aug

    2. zeke1944  This species is featured in Fuhrer no 106 P79.Found on a stump in Blue Gully..

      Reply • 02 Aug

    3. John Walter  It is widespread in the wetter parts of the Wombat Forest

      Reply • 02 Aug

  • Lentinellus castoreus

    01 Jul 2015-37.4,144.3zeke1944

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    1. zeke1944  Lentinellis castoreus. On large Manna gum. Tongue shaped cat with close serrated gills. Not listed on ALA.

      Reply • 02 Aug

    2. John Walter  I agree with the ID, Lentinellus castoreus is listed on ALA but us not yet in our dataset. Could the dataset be updated please.

      Reply • 02 Aug

    3. Cathy Powers  Species added to dataset.

      Reply • 02 Aug

  • Ramariopsis kunzei Ivory Coral

    01 Jul 2015-37.4,144.3zeke1944

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    1. zeke1944  Ramaria kunzei. Small species often on earthen banks, Not listed opn ALA. Seen in the Otways also.

      Reply • 02 Aug

    2. John Walter  This one is a Ramariopsis not a Ramaria which I am sure you knew. Species updated

      Reply • 02 Aug

    3. John Walter  Could Ramariopsis kunzei be added to the database please

      Reply • 02 Aug

    4. Cathy Powers  Species added to dataset.

      Reply • 02 Aug

  • Agaricus sp. nov. sensu Gates & Ratkowsky(1) 2016 Pink Stainer

    01 Jun 2014-37.5,144.3zeke1944

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    1. zeke1944  Agaricus sp Pink Stainer. Gates p27.

      Reply • 01 Aug

    2. John Walter  Could Agaricus sp. nov. sensu Gates & Ratkowsky(1) 2016 be added to the dataset with Pink Stainer in thr Common Name please

      Reply • 01 Aug

    3. Cathy Powers  Added to dataset.

      Reply • 02 Aug

  • Clitocybe semiocculta

    01 Aug 2018-37.4,144.3zeke1944

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    1. zeke1944  Clitocybe semiocculta species id suggested

      Reply • 01 Aug

    2. zeke1944  On wood or bark often debris

      Reply • 01 Aug

    3. John Walter  Do you have a location for this one?

      Reply • 01 Aug

  • Unidentified

    30 Jul 2018-37.4,144.4zeke1944

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    1. zeke1944  Gates p56

      Reply • 30 Jul

    2. zeke1944  Cortinarius submagellanicus

      Reply • 30 Jul

    3. John Walter  Still working on this one, it does have a lot of similarity to C. submagellanicus and that is the most likely candidate but the striations are not as prominent and upper stipe colour has me wondering. Looking to eliminate other possibilities in the C. violaceus group and checking through Gasparini's Phlegmacium in Tasmania.

      Reply • 01 Aug

    4. zeke1944  The color didn't come out quite right and the correct adjustment difficult . One of the flaws of otherwise a great Camera is its too easy to flip the filter wheel whilst concentrating elsewhere and there is no lock. This species is viscid which C violaceus is not. It alsao becomes brown quite quickly due to ripening spore

      Reply • 01 Aug

    5. John Walter  I was expecting more prominent striations as seen on your specimens from near Forrest posted on another site on June 5. Perhaps you could add this Forrest observation with the stongly marked striations to this site and I can put it into the Otways group as a comparison and to show the range. I also expected the stipe colour that this shows at the base to extend all the way up as it does on other specimens I have tracked down from Tasmania. There is nothing else in Gasparini that is even close. Could Cortinarius submagellanicus be added to the database please.

      Reply • 01 Aug

    6. Cathy Powers  Species added to dataset.

      Reply • 02 Aug

  • Clitopilus hobsonii

    29 Jul 2018-37.5,144.3zeke1944

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    1. zeke1944  Seems to fit the description of C. hobsonii. It definitely has a pink sporeprint. Which would make it an Entoloma or a Clitopilus. The fan shaped Entoloma is found on well rotted logs with a visible Mycelium so that probable discounts it. There are at least 3 sp of fan shaped in the Clitopilus camp with hobsonii being the most likely..

      Reply • 30 Jul

  • Hygrophorus involutus

    01 Jul 2015-37.4,144.3zeke1944

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    1. zeke1944  Comeds in 2 forms white (albus and yellow involutus. Usually covered in droplets. Found in litter near Pronk track

      Reply • 30 Jul

    2. zeke1944  Hygrophorus involutus species id suggested

      Reply • 30 Jul

  • Psilocybe brunneoalbescens

    30 Jul 2018-37.5,144.3zeke1944

    On partially buried well rotted wood on the bank of the Lerderderg river.

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    1. John Walter  Could you add a separate image of the underside for this species please, click on the image and when the next screen opens click edit details and add an image. It looks like one of the Psilocybe species and I want to get a close look at the gills for spore colour.

      Reply • 30 Jul

    2. zeke1944  Psilocybe brunneoalbescens species id suggested

      Reply • 30 Jul

    3. zeke1944  Who designed this program centrelink ? I've put the name in about 4 times so far.

      Reply • 30 Jul

  • Mesophellia spp.

    29 Jul 2018-37.4,144.3John Walter

    Three images. A truffle-like species which is unusual in that the spores form in a space around an infertile core. The core is believed to be highly in nutrients which is the reward for the mammal that finds, eats and disperses the species. In other truffle-like species virtually all the inside of the fungus contains fertile spore producing material.

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  • Gymnopus sp. nov. sensu Gates & Ratkowsky(1) 2016 Pink Furry

    29 Jul 2018-37.4,144.3zeke1944

    Gymnopus Pink Furry

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    1. John Walter  This is an interesting find, the gill colour had me wondering for a while but is does seem to fit well. The gills appear to be reflecting a bit of colour but I think they are more white than they look in the image which is good. Could this be added to the dataset please either as Gymnopus spp or preferrably as Gymnopus sp. nov. sensu Gates & Ratkowsky(1) 2016 in the same way the Xylaria "Spikey" was set up.

      Reply • 29 Jul

    2. Cathy Powers  Preferred name added to dataset.

      Reply • 29 Jul

    3. John Walter  Gymnopus sp. nov. sensu Gates & Ratkowsky(1) 2016 species id suggested

      Reply • 29 Jul

    4. John Walter  Thanks Cathy, last time David added the "tag" name to the Common name field as well, in this instance it would be "Pink Furry". There are so many well known but unnamed fungi species out there but this allows us to separate them out while we wait for the taxonomy to catch up.

      Reply • 29 Jul

    5. Cathy Powers  Common name added.

      Reply • 30 Jul

  • Mycena roseoflava

    29 Jul 2018-37.4,144.4zeke1944

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  • Stereum versicolor False Turkey-tail Fungus

    21 Jul 2018-37.5,144.3John Walter

    Other images show underside. This species has had a name change and is now Stereum versicolor.

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    1. Cathy Powers  Updated name in dataset.

      Reply • 29 Jul

  • Xylaria hypoxylon Candlesnuff Fungus

    21 Jul 2018-37.5,144.3John Walter

    Several images, a taller species, all white when young and fresh

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  • Xylaria apiculata

    21 Jul 2018-37.5,144.3John Walter

    Several images of the short white-tipped species.

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  • Nidula niveotomentosa

    03 Aug 2010-37.3,144.3John Walter

    Several images including what I think are unopened cups

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  • Lactarius piperatus

    14 Mar 2011-37.3,144.4John Walter

    Two images. This is Lactarius piperatus, please add to the database

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    1. Cathy Powers  Species added to dataset.

      Reply • 14 Jul

  • Grifola colensoi

    15 May 2011-37.4,144.3John Walter

    This is Grifola colensoi, could the database be updated please. Two images. Most times I have found this species it has been mostly eaten by the Black Wallabies.

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    1. Cathy Powers  Species added to dataset

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  • Grifola spp.

    09 Apr 2011-37.3,144.3John Walter

    This is a Grifola species that looks a little different from the species generally photographed and labelled as Grifola colensoi. Two images.

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