Fungi of Australia: Inocybaceae

Hardback - June 2017 - AU $240.00

An illustrated account of 137 species of this family of gilled fungi, including 101 new to science.

The family Inocybaceae are a diverse cosmopolitan group of gilled fungi. Until now, only a small number of species had been described from Australia, but with this major revision a total of 137 species are recognised, of which 101 are new to science. Ninety per cent of these species (121 of the 137) are found only in Australia. + Full description

Phylogenetic work shows that the family can be divided into seven main groups, of which six are now recorded from Australia, making this country one of the major centres of diversity for the family. They are all thought to be ectomycorrhizal, that is they form mutually beneficial associations with the roots of plants, and are found on soil and amid litter in wet- and dry-sclerophyll shrublands, woodlands and forests, and cool- or warm temperate rainforests. Many are small and easily overlooked, but their diversity of colour and delicate structure make them attractive to those with an eye for detail.­

This authoritative account provides a major advance in knowledge for this diverse and widespread group, with detailed descriptions, identification keys and phylogenetic trees based on DNA sequences generated during the work. Every species is illustrated with coloured plates and/or line drawings of microscopic features.

Fungi of Australia: Inocybaceae is a useful reference for professional and semi-professional mycologists in Australia and around the world.
- Short description


Co-published with the Australian Biological Resources Study (ABRS).


"This book does not only set a standard for exploring and presenting fungal diversity at a high scientific level, but also the authors’ enthusiasm is infectious by encouraging the reader to reveal the unknown diversity of LBMs [Little Brown Mushrooms] in other regions."
Roland Kirschner, Nova Hedwigia, December 2017


Hardback | June 2017 | $240.00
ISBN: 9781486306664 | 592 pages | 250 x 176 mm
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
Colour photographs, Illustrations


  • Descriptions for 137 species of Australian Inocybaceae, including keys, detailed line illustrations and photographs for most species
  • Introductory section detailing the history, ecology, biogeography and previous studies on the family
  • Descriptions of 101 Inocybaceae species new to science


Authors, illustrator and photographers
List of Keys, and List of Phylograms
Miscellaneous Groups
Appendix 1: List of New Taxa
Appendix 2: Excluded & Doubtful Taxa
Appendix 3: Table of DNA sequences used in this study
Abbreviations and Contractions
Publication dates of previous volumes


Australian Biological Resources Study (ABRS)
In 1973 the Commonwealth Government established the Australian Biological Resources Study to document what plants and animals there are in Australia and where they occur. The ABRS is now part of the Department of the Environment. It brings together the expertise of scientists from around Australia and overseas, to prepare and publish authoritative information about Australia’s flora and fauna.