The main body of a fungus is an extensive network of fine threads called hyphae that penetrate the soil, plant cells or other hosts. The part we see is just the fruiting body (equivalent to a flower on a plant). Fungi classification is based on the spore-bearing structures (for which a microscope is needed), but their fruiting bodies can be categorized into useful groups.
Over 600 species of fungi have been identified from the Surf Coast Shire.
Angair has created a beautiful colour brochure with over 100 pictures of local fungi, as an introduction to this fascinating subject. You can download it for free!
Low resolution version (1.8 MB download)
The high resolution version of the brochure is a higher quality but the download is much larger, so the brochure is divided into 3 parts to make it easier to download:
High resolution part 1 (6.6 MB)
High resolution part 2 (7.2 MB)
High resolution part 3 (1.6 MB)
A printed version of the brochure can be ordered from Angair.