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Grand Teton National Park Report

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Fungi are highly significant in the ecology of the Park biota not only as parasites and mycorrhizal symbionts but also for energy recycling as primary organisms of decay. Records of higher fungi occurring in Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks appear constantly in taxonomic monographs (e.g. Hesler & Smith, 1979), special reports McKnight, 1975, 1979, and by implication, at least, in regional reports or check-lists including fungi of Wyoming which may or may not give specific localities (e.g. Larsen & Denisen, 1978, Lowe & Gilbertson, 1961). The 1700 collections of fungi from the central Rocky Mountains distributed by Solheim contain many from Wyoming (Gilbertson, Cummins, & Darnall, 1979), including a large number from the two National Parks. Although they represent a major contribution to our knowledge of the park fungi, most of Solheim's specimens are parasites or other small fungi not included in the groups covered in this study.