The Mycelium

mycelium noun (pl.mycelia) biology
the vegetative part of a fungus, consisting of a network of fine filaments (hyphae).
mid 19th cent.: modern Latin, from Greek mukēs ‘fungus’, on the pattern of epithelium.

The mycelia of the world’s fungus connect the living things and play a critical role in the cycle of life. The Mycelium is a space for developing outreach education, posting scientific resources and sharing fun and functional fungi ecology!


Some ID Tools for the Australian subtropics

ID = identification, tools make getting to know the macrofungi easier.

The best tools are made from images and information from the local area. I have been involved in the production of a number of field guides and pocket field guides for the Australian Subtropics. I am also collaborating with other mycologists to produce some for the Australian tropics in coming years. These include:

Guard FE, McMullan-Fisher SJM 2016* Fungi of the Sunshine Coast. Queensland Mycological Society, Brisbane.

Guard FE, McMullan-Fisher SJM 2016* Mushrooms of the Sunshine Coast. Queensland Mycological Society, Brisbane.

McMullan-Fisher SJM, Leonard PL, Guard FE 2014. Australian Subtropical Fungi. Fungimap.

All orders for Pocket Guides* can be ordered from the Queensland Mycological Society by emailing


What are fungi?

Fungi are a kingdom all of their own. They are not plants but are more closely related to the animal kingdom. Their are also what are now called “fungoid” organisims like Slime Moulds, these are still often studied by “Mycologists” and often part of their life is spent acting like fungi. Some Slime Moulds eat fungi as food but most eat bacteria and other micro-organisms and are generally pretty interesting. To find out more about about Slime Moulds I recommend you check this page out Tasmanian Myxomyectes.

What are Fungi?



Guide to Surveying Fungi in Australia: