Fungi of Australia: Hygrophoraceae

Hardback - October 2005 - AU $99.95

A richly illustrated account, documenting 92 species and infra-specific taxa of the four Australian genera.

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. + Full description

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.

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"The book is to be thoroughly recommended for institutions, professional workers and serious students of field mycology."
Bettye Rees (Australian Systematic Botany Society Newsletter 126, March 2006)


Hardback | October 2005 | $ 99.95
ISBN: 9780643091955 | 188 pages | 248 x 175 mm
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
Bibliography, Colour photographs, Glossary, Illustrations, Index, Maps


This volume provides:
  • Authoritative identification keys for this attractive group
  • Full descriptions and synonymy for each species
  • Habitat information and a distribution map for each species
  • Numerous superb colour photos, as well as line illustrations of most species


Illustrator and Photographers
A Brief History of the Family
History of Research on Australian Hygrophoraceae
Ecology, Biogeography and Conservation
Taxonomic Characters
      Subgenus Hygrocybe
      Subgenus Cuphophyllus
      Subgenus Pseudohygrocybe
Doubtful and Excluded Species
Appendix: New Combinations and New Species
Abbreviations and Contractions


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.