Authors: Kosonen, Timo & Huhtinen, Seppo
Journal: Karstenia, Volume 48 (2008), Issue 1, pages 21-28.
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Key words: Aphyllophorales, Corticiaceae, Svalbard, Arctic, dispersation, timber, drift-wood
Abstract: Svalbard comprises several islands in the northern part of the Arctic Ocean. No larger tree species grow on the islands, but driftwood and construction timber have accumulated on the islands during the last 200 years. A thorough inventory of lignicolous basidiomycetous species was carried out on the island of Spitsbergen in 2001. The number of species found was 24. Of these fourteen were collected for the first time in Svalbard. Altogether 115 specimens were identified to species level. Corticioid fungi were the largest group with 84 specimens of 12 species. Some of the species found are seldom collected and poorly known also elsewhere. Only a few of the species were found in all the investigated areas. Half of the species were found only once or twice. Some of the new findings represent prominent range extensions.