Tasmania is the island state of Australia, lying between 40° and 43°40' south of the equator, and separated from the mainland of Australia by Bass Strait. The island, with an area of 68,200 square kilometres, is approximately the same size as Sri Lanka and a little smaller than Ireland. Its climate can be described as being modified marine Mediterranean. The interesting, varied vegetation of the diverse habitats is a result of its geology, precipitation and the effects of the surrounding oceans on this mountainous island. This vegetation has been described as austral montane, temperate rainforest and sclerophyll forest (wet and dry).
The cool temperate rainforests dominated by Nothofagus cunninghamii and the wet eucalypt forests dominated by Eucalyptus spp. (see Jackson, 1999, for a detailed description) support a rich mycota, the majority of species of which appear to be undescribed and unnamed.
Currently we are preparing a monograph of the Entolomataceae of Tasmania, which eventually will be published as a book with coloured photographs and keys. Precursors, containing descriptions of new taxa, are being published, and can be downloaded from these pages.
A preliminary key to the Tasmanian Entoloma species, which can be downloaded here, contains all new taxa described so far, as well as the other species that have been recorded from the Island. It is a working document, that will be regularly updated.
A key combining all known Entoloma species from Tasmania and New Zealand is in preparation, and will be available here in due coarse.
Right: Entoloma mathinnae Gates, Horton & Noordel. (photo Michael Pilkington)