Two New Zealand fungi have been added to the global Red List of threatened species, and classed as ‘endangered’.
It’s the first time mushrooms from this country have been put on the list, which is published by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.
The two are species are Boletopsis nothofagi which is only found in this country, and Claustula fischeri which is found in New Zealand and Tasmania.
Experts are not sure why there has been a decline in the mushrooms.
If Claustula fischeri – last seen in 2005 – was ever found again, attempts could be made to grow it in a laboratory.