The fungi are among the least known of the major groups of the Australian biota. While the number of species likely to occur in Australia has been estimated to be as high as 250 000, only a small proportion have been formally described and fewer still can be considered well known in terms of their distribution, ecology and general biology.
The most conspicuous group, the macrofungi, comprise taxa ranging across both the Basidiomycota and Ascomycota. The names for the estimated 3000 species in Australia are scattered through the literature leading to confusion and uncertainty. Moreover, many names currently in use are misapplied or synonyms. The last catalogues of the Australian macrofungi were produced over 100 years ago, and an up-to-date reassessment is long overdue.
Volume 2A and its companion Volume 2B will be essential in the preparation of modern taxonomic treatments of the Australian macrofungi. They provide a guide to the names that have been used in Australia for the mushrooms, toadstools, bracket fungi, puffballs and other taxa with large conspicuous fruiting bodies. For each name the catalogue provides place and date of publication, taxonomic synonyms, and a comprehensive list of all works in which the name has been used in an Australian context.
This volume has been compiled by two of Australia's leading mycologists. Dr Tom May is Senior Botanist at the National Herbarium of Victoria where he specialises in the taxonomy and ecology of Australian macrofungi and curates the fungal collection. Dr Alec Wood, Visiting Fellow, School of Biological Science, University of New South Wales has worked for many years on the taxonomy and biology of macrofungi. Their collaboration on this work began in 1980.
The catalogue covers approximately 3200 accepted, synonymous and misapplied names in Agaricales, Boletales, Cantharellales, Gauteriales, Hymenogastrales, Melanogastrales, Phallales p.p., Podaxales, Russulales, Aphyllophorales p.p., and taxa associated with Eucalyptus outside of Australia.
About this book
Fungi of Australia
Australian Biological Resources Study/
National Herbarium of Victoria/University of New South Wales
ISBN-10: 0 643 05929 6
ISBN-13: 978 0 643 05929 0
ISBN-10: 0 643 05930 X
ISBN-13: 978 0 643 05930 6
ISBN-10: 0 643 05890 7
ISBN-13: 978 0 643 05890 3
ISBN-10: 0 643 05891 5
ISBN-13: 978 0 643 05891 0
250 × 176 mm (B5)
Number of pages
x + 348 pages
1 colour plate
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