Some of New Zealand’s native fungi are listed as endangered or threatened species. They include a truffle-like fungus known as Fischer’s egg (Claustula fischeri, top), and a large bracket fungus (bottom).
Fischer’s egg is found at two places in New Zealand and a few in Tasmania. It produces spores within a white, egg-shaped body that is enclosed in a brown, gelatinous cover.
The rare Ganoderma is a wood-rotting bracket fungus known from three collections on pukatea (Laurelia novae-zelandiae). It has not been seen since 1972 and is possibly extinct.
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Photograph by Ross Beever (top); M. Heffer (bottom)
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