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There are a host of new species being described from Australia. Usually they have an Austra- or Austro- prefix to the species name. This may be one such. If you are serious about finding a name for this, try contacting Dr. Theresa Label in Australia. She worked with Dr. James Trappe and others in an expedition to the NE Australian coastline, sponsored by the National Geographic Society, to explore the fungi of Australia. They discovered many new sequestrate fungi. This might be one of those discovered. Because most have been shown by DNA comparison to be similar to, but separate from, fungal species from other continents, new genii have been suggested for their identification. Some of the truffles found in some of the wettest places on earth were completely counterintuitive: truffle species found growing on tree trunks 30 meters up the tree, instead of underground as in most other places. Apparently earth worms there are also indigenous to the upper canopy of trees. Common drenching rainfalls cause nutrients to accumulate from the top of the trees downward. If not extracted before reaching the ground, the nutrients from fecal material may be lost.
Yes, they were visible above ground though not standing proud. They had a very distinctive shape.
I also have to say that Danny’s list is awesome :)
Visible above ground? Gorgeous red on cap. A very distinctive collection.
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