Five Year Mushroom Inventory of Haida Gwaii

Mycena amicta

    We undertook this project, not simply to compile a catalogue or inventory of Haida Gwaii mushrooms (though that was on of our objectives), but also to accumulate scientific data over a period of several successive years that could be analyzed in various ways to tell us other things about the mushrooms that we did not know. For example: where do the different species grow? Which are common and which rare? When do they fruit? How often do they fruit? What relationships do they have with forest trees? And so on ...



 

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Over the five years, we made eight field trips to Haida Gwaii of ten to fourteen days. In all, 113 areas were visited (53 in Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, 12 in Naikoon Provincial Park), and we made and preserved 2906 collections representing 615 species, and documented 812 species of fungi (not including lichens) from all available sources. ...

 
 

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The Mushrooms which are conspicuous only at certain times, but are ecologically important all the time, remained largely unknown until 2003, when we began our survey. Earlier studies of fungi on Haida Gwaii had focused on disease and decay organisms of economically important tree species. ...


 
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