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The Fungi Kingdom of Sportsman Creek Conservation Area

Although unusual and colourful these fungi use odour to ensure spore dispersal. Note the blowfly, ants and spider on image. The slime of this species is very toxic and because the odour resembles rotting meat some dog species are at risk.


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A tentative identification for a possible Amanita ochrophylloides fungi provided by Nigel Fechner.

 Found growing along the riparian zone at Sportsman Creek Conservation Area.


With no common name this attractive fungi is common on lawns and playing fields where it sometimes forms large fairy rings. The lilac tints are rapidly lost as the fruiting bodies dries. Cap 3-8cm with a strong pleasant smell. A new species for the Conservation Area.

Reference: Young. A.M.  Field Guide to the Fungi of Australia. Lepista sublilacina

“The boletes are closely related to the agarics (fungi with gills). Many boletes display colour changes when the flesh is cut, so that whitish or yellowish tissues become spectacularly greenish blue due to enzyme reactions triggered by oxygen in the air. Boletes are very important in the Australian bushland as ectomycorrhizal species, but they also provide food for the larval stages of many insects.” A first time sighting in the Conservation Area after recent rains.

Reference A.M. Young A Field Guide to the Fungi of Australia.

I.D. courtesy of Nigel Fechner.

Boletes ananas ToadstoolBoletes ananas

Found fruiting in Open Eucalypt woodland on the Conservation Area. This toadstool was introduced as a mycorrhizal partner for pine plantations and is one of the Boletes species which are soft-fleshed toadstools with pores rather than gills.

A Coralloid clump is the fruiting body for this species of fungi. They are generally associated in a mycorrhizal  relationship with eucalyptus trees and grow in tufts amongst  forest litter. Found in the riparian zone of  the Conservation Area. Possibly Clavulina cristata or Ramariopsis kunzei . I.D. courtesy of Nigel Fechner.

Reference:  Young A. M.  Field Guide to the Fungi of Australia.

Image taken in riparian zone along Sportsman Creek wildlife refuge. “Pear shaped, light brown, granular coated ball. These fruiting bodies are densely covered with tiny spines and form on rotting timber in rainforests and eucalypt forests and is one of two Australian puffball species”.

Reference;   Young, A.M.   A Field Guide to the Fungi of Australia.

“Psathyrella species are always associated with buried, rotting wood and usually grow in small dense clusters. Thay are usually cinnamon-brown to yellowish-brown , dry, shaggy-fibrillose with numerous attatched fragments of the veil”.

Reference and further reading;  Young, A.M.    A Field Guide to the Fungi of Australia.

I.D. courtesy of Don Gover.

A small apricot coloured fungi found growing along the riparian zone at Sportsman Creek wildlife refuge. This loose grouping of  Orders have wrinkle-like gills on their undersurfaces. A favourite habitat is mixed casuarina/eucalypt forest where this image was taken.

Reference and further reading;  Young, A.M.  A Field Guide to the Fungi of Australia.

I.D. courtesy of Don Gover.