Diversity of hypogeous fungi in the diet of small mammals in Lithuanian forests [Požeminiai grybai Lietuvos miškų smulkiųjų žinduolių racione]. – Botanica Lithuanica, 13(4): 229–235

Diversity of hypogeous fungi species was investigated in the diet of small mammals captured in various forests of Lithuania. The spores of at least 13 taxa belonging to 9 genera and 3 orders (Zygomycota, Ascomycota, and Basidiomycota) were observed in faecal pellets of rodents (Apodemus spp., Clethrionomys glareolus) and insectivores (Sorex sp.). The spores of Elaphomyces, Glomus, and Genea have been observed most frequently. Four genera, Chamonixia, Genea, Glomus, and Pachyphloeus, are reported as new for Lithuania.

Keywords: mycophagy, spores, hypogeous fungi, rodent, insectivore, faecal pellet.