EEB’s Brandon Matheny, together with Neale Bougher from the Western Australian Herbarium, has authored a new book coming out in June called Fungi of Australia: Inocybaceae. This major revision describes a total of 137 recognized species, of which 101 are new to science! Read the full description from the publisher, below.
The family Inocybaceae are a diverse cosmopolitan group of gilled fungi. Until now, only a small number of species had been described from Australia, but with this major revision a total of 137 species are recognised, of which 101 are new to science. Ninety per cent of these species (121 of the 137) are found only in Australia. Phylogenetic work shows that the family can be divided into seven main groups, of which six are now recorded from Australia, making this country one of the major centres of diversity for the family. They are all thought to be ectomycorrhizal, that is they form mutually beneficial associations with the roots of plants, and are found on soil and amid litter in wet- and dry-sclerophyll shrublands, woodlands and forests, and cool- or warm temperate rainforests. Many are small and easily overlooked, but their diversity of colour and delicate structure make them attractive to those with an eye for detail. This authoritative account provides a major advance in knowledge for this diverse and