The Outer Spores – Mushrooms of Haida Gwaii


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Paul Kroeger, Bryce Kendrick, Oluna Ceska and Christine Roberts (2012) 200 pp

This is the first comprehensive study of the macrofungi of Haida Gwaii, carried out over 5 years, and recording over 600 fungi. The book has 300 illustrations, almost all in colour; many distribution maps, some photomicrographs, and graphs of cumulative taxa, as well as a comprehensive list of all fungi collected, and sections on edible, poisonous, and ecological and nutritional groupings. A fascinating guide to the fungi of one of the world's most amazing archipelagos.


Above is the front cover of our new book exploring the fungi of Haida Gwaii
(formerly known as the Queen Charlotte Islands), home of the Haida people,
and with a rich and unique biota.

We collected at many locations on many of the 150 islands of the archipelago
over a period of five years, and recorded over 600 fungi including many rare
and possibly undescribed taxa.  This beautiful book is the summation of our efforts,
and incorporates  a huge amount of data, including many distribution maps,
almost 300 illustrations, most in sparkling colour, and sections on many groups
of particular interest, such as edible, poisonous, hallucinogenic, and a variety of
ecological and nutritional groups, as well as graphs tracking our accumulation of
species and a complete listing of taxa recorded.

This book is not only an excellent way to explore the fungi of the islands,
but will make a fine addition to the bookshelf of all mushroom aficionados.