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The journal of the Western Australian Herbarium

Volvopluteus earlei and Volvariella taylorii: new fungi for Western Australia (Basidiomycota, Agaricales, Pluteaceae)

Re-examination of vouchered specimens of pink-spored, volvate, agaricoid fungi held at the Western Australian Herbarium (PERTH) has revealed the first recorded occurrences in Western Australia of Volvopluteus earlei (Murrill) Vizzini, Contu & Justo and Volvariella taylorii (Berk. & Broome) Singer, and affirmed the regional prevalence of Volvopluteus gloiocephalus (DC.) Vizzini, Contu & Justo. The identities of the two Volvopluteus Vizzini, Contu & Justo taxa were confirmed with molecular data relative to extra-Australian samples validated in previous studies. Volvopluteus earlei had not been previously reported from Australia. Evidently Volvopluteus earlei and Volvariella taylorii are less common in Australia than the larger and more often encountered Common Rosegill, Volvopluteus gloiocephalus.

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