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Gilled bolete - Phylloporus sp.

Phylloporus sp. (poss. P. australiensis)

Description:

An interesting spotting I made was this Phylloporus sp. fungus. I think it's P. australiensis (common name unk.), a species that has been documented in Girraween National Park. In fact, it's the only one in this genus that has. It belongs to the family Boletaceae (suborder Boletineae), and usually grows in association with eucalyptus and allocasuraina trees. This is an interesting genus, and one that I wasn't really aware of prior to this spotting - it's a "gilled bolete", and chemical, morphological and DNA analysis has determined this. Boletes usually have tiny pores, but this one has gills. Phylloporus australiensis.... http://qldfungi.org.au/wp-content/upload... PS: The last two photos show a dead specimen that I found nearby.

Habitat:

Spotted along a fire trail, approaching the Peak Trail in Girraween National Park. Dry sclerophyll forest with sandy granite soils, substantial undergrowth and accumulated leaf litter, and foliage much greener and lush since the drought has broken. Exposed to full-sun along this section of track, although there were some areas that were still damp and muddy from recent rain. Here's some park info - http://www.rymich.com/girraween/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Girraween_...

Notes:

A good local reference of a similar species in the same genus: Phylloporus rhodoxanthus - Fungi in Australia (pages 34-35). https://www.fncv.org.au/wp-content/uploa... NB: The genus Phylloporus contains several species in Australia which can only be distinguished on the basis of microscopic characters.

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Neil Ross
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Neil Ross

Queensland, Australia

Lat: -28.87, Long: 151.97

Spotted on Mar 7, 2020
Submitted on Mar 24, 2020

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