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Fungi of Australia: Hygrophoraceae

Flora / FaunaIdentification Key

Series: Fungi of Australia

By: AM Young

179 pages, 60 col photographs, 51 illus, 92 maps


Hardback | Sep 2005 | #156877 | ISBN: 0643091955
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The family Hygrophoraceae (Agaricales) includes some of the most beautiful examples of gilled fungi. Many species are brilliantly coloured and their shapes are exquisitely symmetrical. For this reason, species are frequently noticed in the field. Most terrestrial habitats support one or more species of Hygrophoraceae, and their abundance and diversity increases with the availability of moisture. Suitable habitats include all types of forest and woodland, as well as grassland, heath, swamps and sand-dunes.

This authoritative account, richly illustrated with colour photographs and line drawings, documents 92 species and infra-specific taxa of the four Australian genera: Hygrophorus, Camarophyllopsis, Humidicutis and Hygrocybe. A detailed introduction to the family is followed by identification keys to genera and species, along with comprehensive descriptions of each taxon.

This volume provides:

* Identification keys
* Full descriptions and synonymy for each species
* Habitat information and a distribution map for each species
* Numerous colour photos, as well as line illustrations of most species

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Dr Tony Young's career spans state education departments and the Royal Australian Navy. His interest in macrofungi led to the completion of a doctorate in macrofungal taxonomy at the University of Queensland in 1996. He is a consultant to the Queensland Poisons Centre, a Fellow of the Queensland Herbarium, and author of A Field Guide to the Fungi of Australia.

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