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Gilled Mushrooms Order Agaricales

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kiwihobbit

Date

April 14, 2019 06:31 PM NZST

Description

Growing near small stream bed in leaf litter under poplars, with some remnants of native vegetation. Caps approx 30-40mm, Have previously seen large colonies in same location in autumn.
I think it's Cortinarius genus, but several similar looking species.
Looks a lot like C. collybianus, but apparently this is associated with native beech forest, and no beech in the nearby vicinity. (Nearest would probably be 20km).

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kiwihobbit

Date

April 1, 2019 06:16 PM NZDT

Description

Large mushrooms 100-120mm diameter, growing out of trunk of dying poplar in area with mixed native/exotic vegetation near a stream.

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Earthballs Genus Scleroderma

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kiwihobbit

Date

April 2, 2018 01:36 PM NZST

Description

This definitely appears to be Scleroderma genus, but I'm not fully confident of the species.
It was growing in moss amongst mānuka scrub alongside a 4WD track in the Branch River catchment.
Size is about 4cm across.

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kiwihobbit

Date

January 6, 2019 12:27 PM NZDT

Description

This large bracket fungus was seen on a fallen tree trunk in mixed beech/podocarp forest.
Unfortunately I'm not able to confirm whether the tree species or whether it was alive or dead, however the best matching description seems to be Laetiporus, however I'd like confirmation or correction from mycologists.

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kiwihobbit

Date

February 2, 2019 06:16 PM NZDT

Description

Small fish, about 30mm. Not sure how to distinguish bully species, but think this is most likely to be common bully given location.

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kiwihobbit

Date

January 22, 2019 05:14 PM NZDT

Description

Large, approx 60-70mm length including legs, abdomen approx 20mm.
Diurnally active, web not a round 'orb', but strong strands between shrubby vegetation

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Northern Wattle Moth Dasypodia cymatodes

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kiwihobbit

Date

January 22, 2019 09:44 PM NZDT

Description

This large moth was found inside, but I'm not sure if it's an endemic species? It has about a 90mm wingspan, and distinctive 'speech marks' on its wings.
Tentatively I'm wondering if it's Dasypodia selenophora, although most photos seem to show lighter examples than the one I captured.

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Drooping Spleenwort Asplenium flaccidum

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kiwihobbit

Date

January 6, 2019 12:44 PM NZDT

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kiwihobbit

Date

December 5, 2018 02:52 PM NZDT

Description

About 3cm long in Taylor River.
Not sure of the species, but only one dorsal fin, and spotted appearance think it is some kind of Galaxias.
The area of river where found was dry about a week ago until heavy rain, so fish will have migrated from further upstream or downstream.

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Short-finned Eel Anguilla australis

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kiwihobbit

Date

December 4, 2018 05:58 PM NZDT

Description

One of a number of eels inhabiting urban drainage channel

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Galaxias Genus Galaxias

Observer

kiwihobbit

Date

December 4, 2018 05:25 PM NZDT

Description

length, approx 5cm, found in urban drainage channel.

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kiwihobbit

Date

November 2, 2018 05:53 PM NZDT

Description

Small flower, < 1.5cm diameter, with long, slender, branched, stem, growing in loess/rocky soil.
Second image of seed pod.

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Capebells Genus Wahlenbergia

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kiwihobbit

Date

November 2, 2018 05:49 PM NZDT

Description

Small flower <1cm diameter, on end of long, thin, branching stem with perhaps 10 flowers per stem, with branches ~ 10cm.
Additional image of seed pod.
Not sure of identity, whether native or introduced, but location has a significant concentration of native species.

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Slender Sun-Orchid Thelymitra pauciflora

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kiwihobbit

Date

November 2, 2018 05:39 PM NZDT

Description

Found growing on a rocky spur. White common sun orchids are present in the same area, but also purple orchids, most of which have already finished flowering, after a narrow week to fortnight flowering period, while the white common sun orchids are flowering.

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Large Crane Flies Family Tipulidae

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kiwihobbit

Date

October 3, 2018 05:37 PM NZDT

Description

Mating pair of crane flies on matagouri, size under 30mm body length.
Hillside is usually dry, but about 20m from a small stream.

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Greenhood Orchids Genus Pterostylis

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kiwihobbit

Date

October 23, 2017 12:00 PM NZDT

Description

Growing alongside track under native bush.
Not sure of identification at the species level.

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Button Fern Pellaea rotundifolia

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kiwihobbit

Date

September 22, 2018 04:48 PM NZST

Description

Fronds approx 30cm long, growing amongst grass in loess soil about 2m from stream bed on south facing bank.

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Mamaku Cyathea medullaris

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kiwihobbit

Date

September 22, 2018 05:10 PM NZST

Description

Seen growing on the south facing side of a steep gully.
Unusual, in that it appears to have a short trunk, and the distinctive large black 'koru' shape of a young frond but haven't observed other tree ferns on the Wither Hills, so not confident about ID.
In the second image, a close up of the fronds from below.
Fronds are large, >1m

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kiwihobbit

Date

September 19, 2018 03:03 PM NZST

Description

Larva in shallow running water.

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Acute Bladder Snail Physa acuta

Observer

kiwihobbit

Date

September 19, 2018 02:54 PM NZST

Description

Small snail, approx 3mm, in shallow river.

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Cloak Fern Cheilanthes sieberi

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kiwihobbit

Date

August 17, 2016 05:05 PM NZST

Description

Small fern, up to about 15cm, growing in exposed, north facing clay soil alongside path, on a spur. Also some growing amongst grass where not too dense.

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Tree Tutu Coriaria arborea

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kiwihobbit

Date

September 16, 2018 03:53 PM NZST

Description

Tall, straggly plant in gully, entangled in branches of other vegetation.

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kiwihobbit

Date

September 16, 2018 04:08 PM NZST

Description

growing amongst grass on a steep loess/alluvial bank.

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Blue Shield Fern Polystichum oculatum

Observer

kiwihobbit

Date

September 16, 2018 03:39 PM NZST

Description

Growing under poplar on stream bank, loess soil, semi-shaded.

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Necklace Fern Asplenium flabellifolium

Observer

kiwihobbit

Date

September 16, 2018 03:28 PM NZST

Description

On steep clay/alluvium bank beside stream bed.

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Shaking Brake Pteris tremula

Observer

kiwihobbit

Date

March 28, 2017 04:17 PM NZDT

Description

Growing in stream bed beside a foot bridge under a Mahoe. Fronds about 40cm.
Not confident of ID, as the area is shady and damp, and P. tremula apparently prefers open dry scrubland, although stream does dry up in summer.

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kiwihobbit

Date

September 4, 2018 05:11 PM NZST

Description

Small <5mm individuals growing on clay bank.
both Targionia hypophylla and Asterella australis seem like possibilities, so would appreciate help with positive ID.

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Kiokio Blechnum novae-zelandiae

Observer

kiwihobbit

Date

June 7, 2018 02:05 PM NZST

Description

Large fronds, >1m, growing on river bank amongst mixed exotic and native scrub, with hillside above in plantation Pinus radiata.

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Hound's Tongue Fern Microsorum pustulatum ssp. pustulatum

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kiwihobbit

Date

September 5, 2018 02:57 PM NZST

Description

Growing on concrete bridge in urban environment.

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Mahoe Melicytus ramiflorus

Observer

kiwihobbit

Date

September 4, 2018 05:03 PM NZST

Description

Growing in a stream bed, approx 2m high.

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