Limitations Of An Aquatic Habitat For Basidiomycetes

Typically large putrescent fruit bodies of aquatic basidiomycetes are 'impractical' due to constant wave action in the sea and turbulent running water in rivers and streams. There would also be problems for basidiospore development, and their forcible release under these conditions (Jones, 2000). Teleomorphs of many freshwater basidiomycetes are primarily terrestrial and thus not subject to constant submergence and exposure to water. Marine species have 'overcome' this problem and this is discussed in the next section. However, typical agarics can survive in mangrove habitats subject to infrequent inundation, for example a high spring tide (E.B.G. Jones, personal observation).

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