The Mushrooms and Fungi from the Amazon Rainforest in Ecuador found in the depths of the Yasuni Biosphere Reserve.

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The Mushrooms and Fungi from the Amazon Rainforest in Ecuador are an essential functional components of the amazonian ecosystem as decomposers, symbionts and pathogens and they represent one of the most biodiverse groups of organisms on earth.

However, our knowledge of their diversity and ecological function in Neotropical Amazonian Lowland forests is limited. The ecological interaction of macrofungi with other organisms in these forests is poorly understood due to the largely unexplored, but likely huge, fungal diversity, as well as the cryptic and ephemeral nature of many fungal species.

A major part of the global but unknown fungal biodiversity is assumed to occur in tropical regions, where the diversity of fungi may be higher than in temperate regions, because of more favorable environmental conditions throughout the year, a higher diversity of vascular plants that create niches and microhabitats for fungi, and the presence of many ecotones.

The diversity of macrofungi in tropical forests showed that the highest diversity in the Neotropics occurred in the Amazon basin with aphyllophoralean, pyrenomycetous, xylariaceous and hyphomycetous fungi being most species rich.

The Amazon Rainforest is the perfect location if you would like to become a Fungi, the constant humidity combine with heat, the same one you feel in the ambience as you drop off the airplane from the rustic airport, that unpleasant humidity turns out to be, the perfect combination for fungi to diversity in the Amazon Basin.

The Mushrooms and Fungi from the Amazon Rainforest in Ecuador

Mushrooms and Fungi from the Amazon Rainforest in Ecuador. All taken at Shiripuno Amazon Lodge in the Yasuni Biosphere Reserve.

The Mushrooms and Fungi in the Amazon Rainforest plays an important role in the ecology of this huge wilderness, these organism do a critical job of decomposing all kinds of materials from the forest itself.

The Mushrooms and Fungi from the Amazon Rainforest in Ecuador

Mushrooms and Fungi from the Amazon Rainforest in Ecuador. All taken at Shiripuno Amazon Lodge in the Yasuni Biosphere Reserve.

Everything is a resource in the forest, watch it: From an old and finished canopy leaf falling to the ground where the community of mushroom, fungi,  and many invertebrates specialized in turning usefull everything to the basic elements of nature: Carbon, Nitrogen, Hydrogen, and Oxygen.

The Mushrooms and Fungi from the Amazon Rainforest in Ecuador

Mushrooms and Fungi from the Amazon Rainforest in Ecuador. All taken at Shiripuno Amazon Lodge in the Yasuni Biosphere Reserve.

A tiny portion of the colors and shapes of the diversity of Mushrooms and Fungi of the Amazon Rainforest, can be found during a short walk in the trails nearby, move slowly, fix looks in the ground, along trunk, nearby a light gap can be very rewarding, some mushrooms and fungi are still in use by indigenous people to treat, diseases or food in some cases.

The Mushrooms and Fungi from the Amazon Rainforest in Ecuador

Mushrooms and Fungi from the Amazon Rainforest in Ecuador. All taken at Shiripuno Amazon Lodge in the Yasuni Biosphere Reserve.

The diversity of Mushrooms and Fungi from the Amazon Rainforest in Ecuador captured in photos after a short walk around the trails of Shiripuno Amazon Lodge. Enjoy it.

Where to find them?

  • Light Gaps

  • Rotting Trees

  • Soil in Terra Firme

  • Soil in Varzea

  • Territories

Have fun finding them in the forest.

Common Mushroom and Fungi

Cookeina

The Mushrooms and Fungi from the Amazon Rainforest in Ecuador

Cookeina is a genus of cup fungi in the family Sarcoscyphaceae, members of which may be found in tropical and subtropical regions of the world. Species may be found on fallen branches of angiosperms, trunks, and sometimes on fruits. The Temuans of Peninsular Malaysia are reported to use certain species from this genus as food, and also as a bait for fishing, where it is rubbed against the hook. (Source: Wikipedia )

Coprinellus

Coprinellus is a genus of mushroom-forming fungi in the family Psathyrellaceae. The genus was circumscribed by Petter Karsten in 1879. Most Coprinellus species were transferred from the once large genus Coprinus. Molecular studies published in 2001 redistributed Coprinus species to Psathyrella, or the segregate genera Coprinopsis and Coprinellus. As of January 2016, Index Fungorum accepts 62 species of Coprinellus. Wikipedia

Mushrooms and Fungi from the Yasuni Biosphere Reserve.