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What

Little Pink Urchin Amblypneustes elevatus

Observer

memopob

Date

February 22, 2016

Description

Exoskeleton.

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What

Sac Fungi Phylum Ascomycota

Observer

memopob

Date

August 18, 2019

Description

Growing on the cut end of a deceased tree. Mahoe most likely.
Fruiting bodies firm-hard. mostly conical with no stipe, ranging 5-15mm, most about 8mm. Only a single colony seen, so scarce.

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What

Butterflies and Moths Order Lepidoptera

Observer

memopob

Date

August 18, 2019

Description

I have no idea what species but seems to match posted grubs of the general category of leaf roller moths.

It was on the kawakawa and seems to use it's markings to mimic the catkins of that plant. But doesn't seem to match the Kawakawa looper moth.
All suggestions welcome.

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What

Calvatia Genus Calvatia

Observer

memopob

Date

August 18, 2019

Description

Fruiting bodies Stipe almost the same diameter as the top.
Shaped exactly like a muffin baked in a muffin tray and comparable in size.
Skin tough and leathery but body inside delicately soft and powderpuff-like to touch. The shot of one torn open reveals soft sponge with no obvious spores, spore cavities or exit holes in the centre-top.
I had the impression they were past peak freshness, but had no obvious spore outlets, surely the whole purpose of producing a body above ground.
Mahoe dominated the bushy area, but some podocarps were present.

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What

Specklebelly Lichens Genus Pseudocyphellaria

Observer

memopob

Date

April 21, 2019

Description

Seems to key to P multifida.
Photobiont green, medulla white.
Sorry no underside shot and fruiting bodies absent. But underside mostly whitish [almost glabrous margins] with small pseudocyphellae.

Older growths with finger-like phyllidia, but upper surface of thallus also appear to have tiny, black, randomly spaced 'pores' which I take as a feature or possibly another lichen spp attacking.

Young growths with definite white edges may be a useful ID feature.

May be saxicolous or living on small sloughed twigs hence corticolous.

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What

Brittlegills Genus Russula

Observer

memopob

Date

April 21, 2019

Description

Medium size caps 5-10 cms. Posted ones on small side.
Upper surface of cap peels back when quite young revealing lightly ridged surface with mottley brown to cream colours. Gills white

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Observer

memopob

Date

April 21, 2019

Description

Seems to match this spp.

Apologies for poor underside shot.

Medium to large fruiting body under mixed podocarp/beech forest. Gills brownish tan pretty much matching upper surface.

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Observer

memopob

Date

May 26, 2019

Description

Fruiting body with violet tinted stipe and definite violets shades on gills.
Left in situ as rather scarce here.

I have lightened and cropped [3rd pic] in an effort to make gills more visible.
These ones about 8-10 cm across and under beech.

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Observer

memopob

Date

May 26, 2019

Description

Long shot with insufficient photos.

Small fruiting bodies 5-20 mm across.
Track surface on well drained ridge under beech forest.
Sorry no underside shot, but distinctive colour pattern upper side of cap.
Easily overlooked.

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Observer

memopob

Date

May 26, 2019

Description

It appears to match this sp.

Orange-red [brick] coloured cap which is also retained in gills.
Under beech forest, cap about 8-10 cm across.

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Observer

memopob

Date

May 26, 2019

Description

Rather uninspiring fruiting body to about 50mm across.
Upper surface rough, almost nodular, coal-slack grey perimeter white.
Stipe separate from gills which are fine, tightly packed and dove-pale bluish grey.
Under beech forest, not common.

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Observer

memopob

Date

May 26, 2019

Description

Attached to small sloughed beech branches so corticolous.

Cap irregular and assymetric to about 1.5cm across.
Gills also irregular, white with smoothe surface

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What

Laccarias Genus Laccaria

Observer

memopob

Date

May 26, 2019

Description

Smallish fruiting body 2.5 cm diameter with coarse gills in pale pinkish white tones, stipe plain and not attached to gills.
Upper surface cream with ragged edges and surface tipped in chocolate brown.

Mossy, wet beech forest edge situ . Not common.

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Observer

memopob

Date

May 26, 2019

Description

Similar or same sp as last posting.
Notable differences Cap is yellow orange, gills have a greenish tinge to them. Stipe does not have much papillation on lower half.
Quite wet ground nr a watercourse. Fringe of Beech forest.

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Observer

memopob

Date

May 26, 2019

Description

Tightly clustered species, largest about 5 cm across. Under beech forest [fringes].
Stipe distinctly pappilose on lower portion.

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Observer

memopob

Date

May 26, 2019

Description

Fruiting body caps about 10cm across.
Stipes appear to have a weak veil low down.
Russet brown with surface almost stippled. Gills wavy edged.

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What

Shelf Fungi Order Polyporales

Observer

memopob

Date

May 26, 2019

Description

Unusual bracket fungi on end of sawn log trackside. Pretty much honeycombed/ spined/toothed, not sure what to describe surface.
Only specimen seen. Log was beech.
Apologies for underside photo quality.

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Observer

memopob

Date

May 26, 2019

Description

Notable features are the gills with black edges, semi-chevron dark pattern on stipe, below which a ridged dark area presides which appears to be a veil.
Gills otherwise a light brown.
Cap of fruiting body 10cm has linear ridging around perimeter and what appears to be parts of a younger stage surface randomly broken up over its surface.
Habitat is beech forest.
Maybe Cortinarius, but the apparent veil may refute this.

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Observer

memopob

Date

May 26, 2019

Description

Probably still H. brunneum but growing under kanuka in damp habitat

Considerably more tomentum on cap, cap almost black, gills darker than other specimens observed in beech areas.

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Observer

memopob

Date

May 26, 2019

Description

This species I think.

Under beech forest. Fruiting body growths semi-cristate, tips truncate.
Bright lemon with whiter stipes.
Several specimens but very localised.
Very attractive and one of my favourites for the day.
Apologies for poor closeup.

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Observer

memopob

Date

May 26, 2019

Description

Deep chocolate brown with whitish spots about the periphery which are tomentose when observed close up.
Grows in clusters on dead wood. Stipe is separate from gills freckled with tomentum on lower half , gills pale brownish cream with regular pattern long short medium short long etc,.
Under beech forest habitat on fallen logs and dead tree roots.

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Square

Observer

memopob

Date

May 26, 2019

Description

Small fungus each not much larger than a peanut.
Corticolous growing on fallen beech log.

Sorry didn't think to do disect.

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What

Webcaps Genus Cortinarius

Observer

memopob

Date

May 26, 2019

Description

Caps pure bright white 5-8 cm across.
In beech forest and fairly common in places.

Gills with very symmetrical layout in pattern of: long, short, medium, short, long, etc

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What

Slime Molds Phylum Mycetozoa

Observer

memopob

Date

May 26, 2019

Description

Is this slime mould? Or fungus?

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Observer

memopob

Date

May 26, 2019

Description

Fruiting body about 8cm across. Cap perimeter distinctly wavy and light sulphur yellow.
Stipe very thick. Not common.
Habitat Beech forest with little understory.

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What

Webcaps Genus Cortinarius

Observer

memopob

Date

May 26, 2019

Description

I assume from cap shape it belongs to this genus.
Small, 10-15mm across, under beech forest. Not uncommon.
Gills, which do not attach to the stipe divide irregularly and often.

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Observer

memopob

Date

May 26, 2019

Description

Fruiting body c 7 cm in diameter. Upper surface translucent and rather sticky has trapped an insect.
Stipe speckled. Gills do not attach to stipe and divide readily toward the periphery edge. Fairly common. Growing under beech.

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What

Cloudy Clitocybe Clitocybe nebularis

Observer

memopob

Date

May 26, 2019

Description

Extremely large fruiting bodies 20-25 cms across.

Gills run down onto the stem without any hiatus and don't branch until within a cm of the perimeter.

Under silver beech and clustered about the base of a mature tree.

Possibly Cortinarius cretax.

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Observer

memopob

Date

May 26, 2019

Description

Typical honeycombed/tubular gills.

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Observer

memopob

Date

May 26, 2019

Description

Appeared to be associating to the moss.
Area generally beech forest but with some broadleaf understorey.

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