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not much can be said about the origin and evolution of fungal species through eons in relation to the mapping of the modern continent cofiguration onto the layout of the ancient Pangea due to lack of fossil records (for obvious reasons). We don’t even know if fungi were around when dinosaurs reigned supreme. If they were, one may conclude (perhaps erroneously) that the contemporary fungi species found in NA and Australia should be far apart on the phylogenetic tree of life. Having said this, I totally agree with you about the weird distribution of Tylopilus species around the world…
As I stem from the Old World, but otherwise it is a lot easier here regarding Tylopilus.
But I am sure in Asia are a lot more than is known. Only Europe is poor as in most genera.
The funny thing too is that North America and Australia were very different from the beginning and even belonged to different continents after the break-up of the proto-continent.
Notwithstanding the resemblance, it’s not an American Tylopilus sp. for sure, and, like many representatives from flora and fauna of the island continent, this one may even belong to the IUCN Red List of threatened species! :-)
Isn’t it strange and at the same time amazing that the bulk of known Tylopilus taxa comes from North America and Australia, while the Old World only has T. felleus?
I can’t remember. It’s five years past and all of my notes are at the University in Vienna.
But it clearly is no American species but indigenous Australian one because it grew in indigenous mountaineous fog forest far away from any park or rural area :)
Looks like something resembling our T. violatinctus or T. plumbeoviolaceus…
any idea on this?
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