It’s getting cooler and wetter – ideal for the emergence of many fungi.
This was brought home to me when I recently discovered an abundance of this distinctive little mushroom while holidaying near Rotorua.
New Zealand’s fungal collections and professional expertise are concentrated at the Auckland campus of Landcare Research.
Te Papa has no fungal expertise or collections (except for lichens, which are a fungus in a symbiotic partnership with an alga and/or cyanobacterium).
Online guides to New Zealand fungi
The Fungi of Kaimai Bush website, with many photos by Shirley Kerr.
The Hidden Forest website, again with many photos of fungi.
One way to get help with identifying a fungus is to upload a photo to the citizen science website NatureWatch NZ. This also has the advantage that your observation becomes data for future research.
If you’d like to learn more about New Zealand fungi, check out the Fungal Network of New Zealand. Amongst its activities is an annual fieldtrip focused on finding and identifying fungi.