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Amanita muscaria – The Fly Agaric: 1

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Amanita muscaria aka Fly Agaric (an uncharacteristic juvenile form)
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Amanita muscaria aka Fly Agaric (juvenile form)
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Amanita muscaria aka Fly Agaric (transitioning from juvenile to adult red form)
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Amanita muscaria aka Fly Agaric
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Amanita muscaria aka Fly Agaric
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Amanita muscaria aka Fly Agaric
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Amanita muscaria aka Fly Agaric (past its prime)
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Amanita muscaria aka Fly Agaric (uprooted mushroom showing stipe and gills)

Amanita muscaria aka Fly Agaric or Fly Amanita
introduced pest species
Kingdom: Fungi
Phylum: Basidiomycota
Class: Agaricomycetes
Order: Agaricales
Family: Amanitaceae
Stirling – June, 2011 – roadside verge of mixed vegetation near Aptos Cruz Gallery

Photos & Text: Michal Dutkiewicz

This distinctive, common fungus is an introduced species and is considered a pest. It is the epitome of the fantasy toadstool and is often seen in illustration and so forth. It is poisonous, although when carefully prepared, some people in other countries use them in food dishes. All the specimens here were growing on a roadside verge in close proximity to each other and no other Amanita species were present. The earliest form is a little uncharacteristic.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amanita_muscaria

Pretty Grisette aka Vermillion Amanita – A Red Toadstool

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Amanita xanthocephala aka Pretty Grisette, Vermillion Amanita
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Amanita xanthocephala aka Pretty Grisette, Vermillion Amanita
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Amanita xanthocephala aka Pretty Grisette, Vermillion Amanita (Juvenile form)
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Amanita xanthocephala aka Pretty Grisette, Vermillion Amanita (Juvenile form)

Amanita xanthocephala aka Pretty Grisette, Vermillion Amanita, Vermillion Grisette, Amanitopsis pulchella
Kingdom: Fungi
Phylum/Division: Basidiomycota
Class: Agaricomycetes
Order: Agaricales
Family: Amanitaceae
Wottons Scrub, Kenneth Stirling Conservation Park, South Australia – June 14th, 2014 – soggy, wet, cool conditions

Photos & Text: Michal Dutkiewicz

Although poisonous, and closely related to the introduced species Amanita muscaria, this pretty, indigenous fungus emerges from the floor of Eucalypt forests like a sphere of yellow gelati while still covered in the juvenile down so characteristic of the family – This species has an ectomycorrhizal relationship with Eucalyptus. It occurs in south-west Western Australia, and in the forests of South Australia and around up into southern Queensland.

There is some radial grooving on the cap and that and its tendency to smaller size helps distinguish it from the introduced species Amanita muscaria  . It is quite common and may occur singly or in groups, although I have only seen it singly.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amanita_xanthocephala
http://fungimap.org.au/index.php/fduonline-home/22/294/agarics/P-amanita-xanthocephala