November 30, 2018

Fire Fungi in Tasmania

After the bushfires in the Huon Valley 2019, I decided I would try to monitor the variety and abundance of fire loving fungi appearing within nearby burnt Eucalyptus nitens plantation.

Around one tree was an abundance of diggings from the local wildlife. They were digging up underground 'truffle-like fungi' an important source of food for many wildlife.

The fungi survive bush fires by being located safely underground and their aroma attracts the animals who dig them up and spread the fungal spores in there scats (poo!).

 

Since March 2019, two adjacents burnt plots are being monitored, approximately 500 square metres each and with slightly different aspects - as one plot gets more direct sun than the other. The two plots appear so far to be hosting different varieties of fire fungi - plot A seems to have a greater variety and abundance than plot B.

 

However plot B shows evidence of underground truffle-like fungi from discarded remains leftover after the native animals have had a good feed!

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Fire fungi and mammals Tasmania

Fire fungi - evidence of digging for underground 'truffle-like' fungi - Mesophellia glauca, eaten by native animals.   Photo by HeatherElson

Fire fungi Mesophellia glauca

Fire fungi - underground 'truffle-like' fungi - Mesophellia glauca, eaten by native animals. Photo by HeatherElson

Fire fungi

Fire fungi - underground 'truffle-like' fungi - Mesophellia glauca, eaten by native animals. Photo by HeatherElson

Fire fungi

Fire fungi - a variety of fungi show themselves after fire. Photo by HeatherElson

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