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Asian Paper Wasp Polistes chinensis

Observer

pjd1

Date

May 25, 2019 12:12 PM NZST

Description

Abundant - way too many this year at Mataia. However, despite their abundance - very hard to get good images as they move so fast. This one was noted running about on a mangrove (Avicennia marina subsp. australasica) trunk.

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Splitgill Mushroom Schizophyllum commune

Observer

pjd1

Date

May 25, 2019 12:12 PM NZST

Description

Common on ailing kowhai (Sophora chathamica). In coastal treeland.

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Southern Cinnabar Polypore Pycnoporus coccineus

Observer

pjd1

Date

May 25, 2019 12:12 PM NZST

Description

Common on kowhai (Sophora chathamica) log lying in dense grass just above high tide mark.

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What

Manuka Leptospermum scoparium

Observer

pjd1

Date

May 24, 2019 01:07 PM NZST

Description

= Leptospermum aff. scoparium (a)

The most common race of kahikatoa in the northern half of the North Island. This race graded into Leptospermum scoparium var. incanum in the northern part of its range.

Abundant at Mataia, and still flowering heavily. These images are from specimens growing on the margins of mangrove (Avicennia marina subsp. resinifera) swamp bordering the Mataia stream.

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Bonnets Genus Mycena

Observer

pjd1

Date

May 24, 2019 01:07 PM NZST

Description

Mycena parsonii?

Common on rotting tanekaha (Phyllocladus trichomanoides) branch.

Recorded from the general area before on fallen wood - see https://inaturalist.nz/observations/6311604

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Amanita Mushrooms Genus Amanita

Observer

pjd1

Date

May 24, 2019 10:57 AM NZST

Description

Solitary under dense kahikatoa (Leptospermum scoparium agg.) and rawirinui (Kunzea robusta). Emergent from amongst Dicranoloma and Sporodolus africanus.

Pileus sticky when wet.

Uncommon.

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Brittlegills Genus Russula

Observer

pjd1

Date

May 24, 2019 10:57 AM NZST

Description

Uncommon - fruiting body partially buried amongst Dicranoloma and Cladonia confusa under kahikatoa (Leptospermum scoparium agg.).

Pileus slightly sticky, pale apricot, gills whitish tinged apricot, stipe hollow, stout, external surface white.

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Observer

pjd1

Date

May 24, 2019 10:57 AM NZST

Description

Robust specimen, very similar to an unnamed Cladia (C. "Maungaraho Rock" - see https://inaturalist.nz/observations/9166585, https://inaturalist.nz/observations/9166115, https://inaturalist.nz/observations/2491535) in terms of stature and overall morphology but not the same with respect to colour. Sample collected for DNA sequencing.

Noted in gumland scrub associated with Cladia gorgonea, Cladonia confusa and Pulchrocladia retipora

Voucher:

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Velvet Bolete Porphyrellus formosus

Observer

pjd1

Date

May 24, 2019 10:57 AM NZST

Description

Common in gumland under kahikatoa (Leptospermum scoparium agg.). Emerging from lichen (Cladonia confusa) and mosses (Dicranoloma sp.). Fruiting body not discolouring when internal tissue exposed to air. Pileus brown, coriaceous, gills white, stipe tapering to apex from broad bulbous base, dark reddish-brown.

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Kaihua Parsonsia heterophylla

Observer

pjd1

Date

May 24, 2019 01:07 PM NZST

Description

Common festooning kahikatea (Dacrycarpus dacrydioides) on margin of kahikatea forest remnant.

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Gold Dust Lichens Genus Chrysothrix

Observer

pjd1

Date

May 24, 2019 01:07 PM NZST

Description

Probably Chrysothrix xanthina but need to check granule size and acetone reaction.

Uncommon at this site where it was noted on pohutukawa (Metrosideros excelsa). Chrysothrix is more common in this QEII covenant on rawirinui (Kunzea robusta) and generally well away from the coast.

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Saint Augustine Grass Stenotaphrum secundatum

Observer

pjd1

Date

May 24, 2019 01:07 PM NZST

Description

Common on clay bank within saltmarsh - site just above high tide mark but would from time to time be inundated by salt water.

Associated with Paspalum vaginatum and Suaeda novae-zelandiae.

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Poisonpies Genus Hebeloma

Observer

pjd1

Date

May 24, 2019 10:26 AM NZST

Description

Common in lawn under Quercus palustris.

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Star-Slime Nostoc commune

Observer

pjd1

Date

May 24, 2019 10:57 AM NZST

Description

Common along margin of gravel road and associated drainage ditch

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Manawa Avicennia marina ssp. australasica

Observer

pjd1

Date

May 24, 2019 01:07 PM NZST

Description

Abundant along tidal portion of Mataia stream.

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Nurseryweb Spider Dolomedes minor

Observer

pjd1

Date

May 24, 2019 01:07 PM NZST

Description

I had thought this was Dolomedes minor - but not so sure now. Female, carrying egg case, moderately large (40 mm leg - body leg span). Noted amongst Parablechnum novae-zelandiae on margin of swamp forest.

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Morepork Ninox novaeseelandiae ssp. novaeseelandiae

Observer

pjd1

Date

May 26, 2019

Description

One of two ruru noted in dense forest resting up under a dense covery of vegetation.

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Delicate Garden Skink Lampropholis delicata

Observer

pjd1

Date

May 24, 2019 01:07 PM NZST

Description

Or Lampropholis?

Juvenile skink. Noted on fence post on margin of swamp forest.

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What

Cutting Sedge Gahnia pauciflora

Observer

pjd1

Date

May 24, 2019 01:07 PM NZST

Description

Locally common along ridgeline in regenerating kauri (Agathis australis) / tanekaha (Phyllocladus trichomanoides) forest. Nuts orange, tasting of vanilla.

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New Zealand Sea Blight Suaeda novae-zelandiae

Observer

pjd1

Date

May 24, 2019 01:07 PM NZST

Description

Common in saltmarsh. Growing with Paspalum vaginatum and Salicornia quinqueflora.

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Stubble Lichens Genus Calicium

Observer

pjd1

Date

May 25, 2019 11:40 AM NZST

Description

Uncommon. Corticolous on pohutukawa (Metrosideros excelsa). On bark on exposed, sunny side of tree, growing in deep crevices that would rarely get much water. Associated with Chrysothrix xanthina. I have not yet worked out the species.

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Observer

pjd1

Date

May 24, 2019 01:07 PM NZST

Description

Uncommon. Scattered fruiting bodies noted under Gahnia xanthocarpa in regenerating kauri (Agathis australis) forest. Fruiting bodies greenish-blue.

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Myrtle Rust Austropuccinia psidii

Observer

pjd1

Date

May 23, 2019 02:48 PM NZST

Description

On Syzygium australe shrub in garden (64 Baldwin Ave). I have had this shrub under observation for two years now - Austropuccinia not noted on this specimen four days ago - now widespread over c.30% of young growth and stems.

Fungi

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What

Fungi Including Lichens Kingdom Fungi

Observer

pjd1

Date

May 20, 2019 07:29 AM NZST

Description

Colourful mold on pumpkin (Cucurbita pepo cv.).

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Observer

pjd1

Date

May 20, 2019 07:29 AM NZST

Description

Much Hated Exotic Cricket whose nightly calls have all the charm of the warning given by a smoke detector when the battery is going flat, or a faulty digital watch alarm! This tiny insect (8 mm long) is one of many of the little pests that inhabit our property and venture in at night to terrorize those trying to sleep with their annoying stridulations.

They are extremely difficult to spot at night, as they habitually climb up walls and lurk near ceilings, and cease to make any noise follow the slightest sound, only to start up when one is finally lulled into the mistaken belief that they have vacated the premises...

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Green Mistletoe Ileostylus micranthus

Observer

pjd1

Date

April 22, 2019 01:28 PM NZST

Description

Abundant. Most specimens seen heavily fruiting. The main host in this location is Coprosma dumosa.

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Mountain Beech Fuscospora cliffortioides

Observer

pjd1

Date

April 22, 2019 01:28 PM NZST

Description

Dominant tree along lake shoreline. Many specimens heavily fruiting.

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Observer

pjd1

Date

April 22, 2019 01:28 PM NZST

Description

Hefty specimen - nearly a metre long, projecting from trunk of ailing mountain beech (Fuscospora cliffortioides).

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Yellow Specklebelly Pseudocyphellaria crocata

Observer

pjd1

Date

April 22, 2019 01:28 PM NZST

Description

Uncommon. Corticolous on exposed root plate of mountain beech (Fuscospora cliffortioides).

Photobiont cyanobacterial. Medulla white. Upper surface when wet (as seen here) dark brown-black, faveolate impressed, otherwise sporting numerous pustular coralloid sorediate isidia, these more densely aggregated toward thallus centre, lobe margins finely covered in projecting bead-like pseudocyphellae; thallus underside with broad more or less glabrous yellowish margin, otherwise densely covered in dark black indumentum; pseudocyphellae, sparse, fleck-like, yellow.

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Observer

pjd1

Date

April 22, 2019 01:28 PM NZST

Description

Occasional on the lower trunk and exposed root plate of mountain beech (Fuscospora cliffortioides).

Photobiont green. Medulla yellow. Thallus with broad round lobes, upper surface finely isidiate (or finely phyllidate?), otherwise without soredia or pseudocyphellae; underside dirty yellow-brown, pseudocyphellae fleck-like, yellow.

This is one of those few specimens that I cannot decide if this is Yarrumia colensoi or Y. coronata....

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