In an Ecuadorian rainforest, two mycologists catalog hundreds of fantastic mushrooms: colossal

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July 17, 2023

Kate Moth

Marasmus. All images © Danny Newman and Roo Vandegrift, shared with permission

Scientists believe less than 0.04 percent (check that decimal point!) of the world’s mushrooms have been documented, which equates to just over 120,000 species out of a conservative estimate of 3.2 million worldwide. Mycologists Danny Newmann AND Roo Vandegrift have spent the last 12 years focusing on locations affected by the climate crisis and increasing human interference, such as that of Ecuador Book Los Cedros. Their stunning (previous) photographs capture the vibrant hues, delicate gills and slender stems of a diverse range of mushrooms in the mountainous rainforest.

In 2018, the Ecuadorian government declared the Los Cedros reserve, one of the last unregistered watersheds on the western slope of the Andes, open to mining, putting countless flora and fauna at risk. « IA staggering legal upheaval was the mining concessions that threatened to turn Los Cedros into a barren, toxic wasteland canceled by the Ecuadorian Supreme Court, which specifically cited… our mushroom diversity research in their ruling,” says Newman.

After six shipments, the duo recently released a thorough investigation of their discoveries, cataloging a wealth of previously unknown species and providing what Newman calls « one of the most comprehensive contributions to Ecuadorian mycology in the country’s history. » Vandegrift is also the producer of an upcoming visually stunning documentary titled Marrow of the Mountain, shot during an expedition in 2018 and 2019.

Explore more images and descriptions on Mushroom watcher and both New man AND VandegriftInstagram by.

A macro image of yellow slime mold.

Aurapex penicilliata

A macro image of a porous, white mushroom.

Fairy tale

Two macro photos of the gills of a bright orange-red mushroom.


A macro image of a black mushroom with tiny yellow nodules.

Fibulostilbum phylaciicola

A macro image of a yellow mushroom.


A macro image of pink slime-like mushrooms.


A macro image of orange mushrooms with delicate yellow tips.


A macro image of small yellow mushrooms.


A macro image of the underside of a tiny yellow mushroom.


A macro image of small white mushrooms.


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