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Psilocybe subaeruginosa
Psilocybe subaeruginosa
Psilocybe subaeruginosa. Fleurieu Peninsula, South Australia. Field image and herbarium collection prior to drying. Images by David Catcheside

Psilocybe subaeruginosa Cleland. The cultured strain sequenced is BRI183.

Psilocybe is a genus comprising mainly gilled fungi, most of which produce compounds with potential application in the treatment of psychoses. The Australian gilled species P. subaeruginosa is broadly distributed in southern and south-eastern Australia in grassland and native forest. It is a saprotroph, digesting macromolecular plant materials with extracellular enzymes that might have applications in the production of useful low molecular weight compounds or biofuels. Psilocybe subaeruginosa is closely related to the secotioid New Zealand species Psilocybe weraroa which has its spore-bearing tissue fully enclosed rather than exposed on gills.

This pair of species comprises part of a collaborative investigation of the genetic changes that gave rise to secotioid and truffle-like fungal forms. The collaborating consortium is coordinated by David Catcheside. We request that researchers wishing to publish analyses of this genome prior to its publication by the consortium to please email [email protected] and JGI for permission.


Cleland, J.B. 1927. Australian fungi: notes and descriptions. - No. 6. Transactions and Proceedings of the Royal Society of South Australia. 51:298-306