Author(s): G. S. Ridley
This new addition to New Holland's very popular pocket "Photographic Guide" series introduces readers to New Zealand's mushrooms and fungi, which number up to some 19,000 species and include extraordinarily diverse types, from the familiar 'mushroom' to brackets, coral and cup fungi and slime moulds. Over a hundred species are presented here, with spectacular close-up colour photographs accompanying each entry. The ideal size for slipping into a backpack when walking through bush and forest, it will appeal to walkers, nature lovers, tour guides and educators, and fungi photographers wishing to identify their subjects.
Dr Geoff Ridley has led a long and distinguished career in the study of fungi. The former curator of the Mycological Herbarium at Forest Research, Rotorua, he currently holds the post of Science Manager: New Organisms at ERMA New Zealand in Wellington, and he has authored/co-authored several scientific papers on fungi. Don Horne's remarkable photographs of fungi (as well as his shots of insects, spiders and other invertebrates) have appeared in a range of outdoors and conservation publications. He is the author of Mushrooms and Fungi of New Zealand (Reed 2000). Both Don and Geoff attend the annual Fungal Forays - multi-day field trips - that promote the study and further understanding of New Zealand mycology.