Jan 122016

Two workshops will be held later in the year (August and October), during the "off peak" period for fungi.

Suggestions for workshop topics are welcome!

Email your suggestions to: info [at] qldfungi.org.au

Jan 122016
The Sunshine Coast Hinterland

Foray Locations

  • Friday afternoon, 11th March – Maroochy Botanical Gardens – a top place for both mycorrhizal fungi and others.
  • Saturday 12th March – an all day excursion to Woondum National Park, near Gympie. This site is new for QMS, but not for several members who have made some very exciting finds there.
  • Sunday morning, 13th March – a re-visit to Linda Garret NP, one of the richest areas that we regularly survey. It has mixed wet sclerophyll, palm and vine forest.

The proposed place for us to stay is the Mapleton Baptist Camp site. It is in a beautiful setting just off Delicia Road. It is bunk bed accommodation (bring your own linen and pillows), in several rooms. There is a room where we can set up tables for microscopes and work on our specimens. It is fully catered including vegetarian meals, from supper on Friday to lunch on Sunday. (They will do packed lunches.)

The cost is $156 per person with an initial deposit of $30.

There are only one or two positions left for this foray. Please still register your interest, in case of any cancellations. .

For more information about this year’s forays, go to our Calendar of Events.

Jan 122016

Chermside Hills is one of the Queensland Mycological Society’s regular foray areas.

The term Chermside Hills may be understood in two ways – the reference to the hilly western regions of the suburb or to the largest of the three reserves, Chermside Hills, Raven St and Milne Hill. QMS forays could be held in any part of the three reserves. Many fungi of different types have been observed in these areas.

For more information about the foray site, go to our page on Chermside Hills.

For more information about this year’s forays, go to our Calendar of Events.

Jan 122016

Dr John Stanislic will be presenting:

“Australian native land snails: Nature’s Mycologists”

Australian land snails are poorly understood by the general public mainly due to their experiences with a small group of about 50 introduced snails and slugs that infest suburban backyards and gardens. These introduced species generally feed on soft, leafy foliage such as seedlings and garden vegetables. And as a general rule they need to be eliminated. In contrast native species are largely detritivores that feed on decaying vegetation and the fungi allied to its decomposition. Their dietary preference for fungi may also be a factor in fungal spore dispersal. Hence, I like to regard these creatures as honorary mycologists.

A new species from Carnarvon Station

A new species from Carnarvon Station

Our native snails currently number about 1400 described species with another 600-odd in the Queensland Museum collections still without names. And the list continues to grow! Total numbers are expected to exceed 2500. They live in nearly all habitats ranging from the moist rainforests of eastern Australia, through the arid Red Centre, to the vast stretches of the Pilbara and Kimberley in the north-west of the continent. South-eastern Queensland is a region that is among the richest in diversity of snails.

Australia’s native land snails are a significant part of this continent’s invertebrate biodiversity and they play a vital role in forest ecology by feeding on decomposing vegetation, fungi and biofilm such as micro-algae. They re-nutrify the soil through their faeces, decomposing bodies and shells and also are a food source for other animals. Land snails are also significant indicators of environmental health and key biodiversity predictors.

Land snails, in spite of their role in key ecological processes, and their predictive value in being able to demonstrate the presence of unusual biotic communities, are ignored in terrestrial environmental assessment. (A fate that befalls all of the invertebrates with very few exceptions.) Consequently, large swathes of habitat harbouring crucial invertebrate communities have been lost along with their inhabitants. My ultimate aim is to make land snails available as a key invertebrate group for environmental survey and assessment. Production of field guides is an important first step.

More information can be obtained through the following websites:

Biopic for Dr John Stanisic

“The Snail Whisperer”

John retired as Curator and Biodiversity Scientist at the Queensland Museum in 2006 and was appointed Honorary Research Fellow. He is now also Honorary Research Associate of the Australian Museum, Sydney and Associate Biodiversity Scientist with Biodiversity Assessment and Management, a lead ecological consultancy firm located in Cleveland.

John is Australia’s foremost expert on land snails and has written a number of scientific papers and popular articles on Australian land snails and their association with rainforest and limestone habitats.

His current research interests are the distribution and documentation of land snails in eastern Australia and their potential use as indicators in land management. His work has been applied to many biodiversity assessment projects in which he has also incorporated other invertebrate groups as key indicators of environmental health and integrity.

John was lead author of “Australian Land Snails Volume 1. A field guide to eastern Australian species” which won the 2011 Whitley Medal for best natural history publication. He is currently working on a second volume in the field guide series.

For more information about what’s on at the QMS in 2016, go to our Calendar of Events.