Alien Fungi


Friends of Tarra-Bulga National Park

Seems like not only plants and animals can be invasive. Yesterday, while walking along Forest Track, I spotted an unusual Fungi fruiting on a fallen log. It was a vivid orange colour and seemed to have an unusual pore arrangement on the underside. After snapping a few photos, I headed home to consult the field guides. Seeing nothing really to match, I uploaded the photo to http://www.Bowerbird.org.au  where a subscriber there quickly identified it as an exotic species, Favolaschia calocera otherwise known as Orange Pore Fungi.

Orange Pore Fungi - Favolaschia calocera, underside showing the pores. Orange Pore Fungi – Favolaschia calocera

This Fungi apparently is a recent arrival to Australia the first record of it is from 2005. It was first observed in Madagascar and has recently spread to a number of countries across the globe. According to Wikipedia it colonises ruderal sites (Wastelands/Roadsides) where it can become the dominate species. Fingers crossed it does not become a dominate feature of…

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Australia: Global Warming and the Musky Rat-Kangaroo


The link below is to an article that takes a look at the impact of climate change on the Musky Rat-Kangaroo.

For more visit:
http://mashable.com/2014/05/12/global-warming-musky-rat-kangaroo/

Deforestation, Wildlife Loss and Human Disease


The link below is to an article that takes a look at the link between deforestation, wildlife loss and human disease.

For more visit:
http://news.mongabay.com/2014/0508-morgan-deforestation-disease.html