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Hygrocybe boothii A.M. Young

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Scientific name
Hygrocybe boothii
Author
A.M. Young
Common names
 
IUCN Specialist Group
Mushroom, Bracket and Puffball
Kingdom
Fungi
Phylum
Basidiomycota
Class
Agaricomycetes
Order
Agaricales
Family
Hygrophoraceae
Assessment status
Under Assessment
Proposed by
Patrick Leonard
Assessors
Patrick Leonard
Contributors
Anders Dahlberg, Patrick Leonard

Assessment Status Notes

Taxonomic notes


Why suggested for a Global Red List Assessment?


Geographic range

Australia. Kooloomboola National Park in the Atherton Tablelands of North Queensland only.


Population and Trends

Uncertain. This fungus was collected in the autumn of 2001 and 2002. There have been substantial increases in the sitings and collections of Hygrocybe species following the publication of Dr Young’s monograph on the genus in 2005, but that has not been the case for H. boothii.

FREQUENCY DATA
QLD Cols Au Cols 50+ Yr 25-50 Yr 0-24 Yr Sites
6 6 0 0 5 3
QLD Cols = Collections /records made in Queensland
Au Cols = Collections /records made in Australia
50+, 25-50 and 0-24 = the number of collection/records made in each period.
Nom = Number of localities sensu IUCN.

Population Trend: Uncertain


Habitat and Ecology

Only occurs in areas of damp woodland in open forest on nutrient poor soils. This species was thought to be mycorrhizal but the biology of other species in this genus is known to be complex and is not yet well understood. It is thought that many Hygrocybes are biotrophic and may be associated with mosses (e.g. Halbwachs 2013).


Threats

This National Park was a Forest Reserve until 2010 and was commercially exploited for timber. The forest and the National Park were also subject to grazing and disturbance by farm animals and continue to be disturbed by feral animals, particularly wild pigs. As part of the management plan there are controlled burns undertaken on a rotational basis. Although this species is probably associated with damp hollows which the management plan seeks to exclude from the fire regime, it is not clear that this has been a successful policy. All these factors are known to affect the survival of Hygrocybe species in other localities.


Conservation Actions

None at present, this fungus is classified as ‘least concern’ under Queensland legislation. The sites for these fungi designated as a National Park in 2010 but there is no specific conservation management for fungi.


Research needed

Work is needed to clarify the biology of this fungus including its fruiting patterns and habitat requirements.


Bibliography

A.M.Young (2005) Fungi of Australia: Hygrophoraceae. ABRS, Canberra; CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne.

Dahlberg A. and Mueller G.M. (2011) Applying IUCN red-listing criteria for assessing and reporting on the conservation status of fungal species. Fungal Ecology 4: 147-162.
Department of National Parks (2013) Koombooloma National Park Management Statement 2013
GBIF.org/species
Geocat.kew.org
Halbwachs H., Karasch P. and Griffith G.W. (2013) The diverse habitats of Hygrocybe - peeking into an enigmatic lifestyle. Mycoshpere 4 (4), pps 773-792.
McMullan-Fisher J.M., May T.W., Bell T.L., Lebel T, Catcheside, P and York A. (2011). Fungi and Fire in Australian ecosystems: a review of current knowledge, management implications and research gaps and solutions. Australian Journal of Botany 59 (1) 70-90.
Robinson R.M. and Tunsell V.L. (2007). A list of macrofungi recorded in burnt and unburntEucalyptus diversicolorregrowth forest in the southwest of Western Australia: 1998-2002. Conservation Science Western Australia 6 (1) 75 – 96.


Known distribution - countries

Regional Population and Trends

Country Trend Redlisted