Observation 217520: Limacella illinita (Fr. : Fr.) Murrill
When: 2015-10-02
No herbarium specimen

Notes: I collected a handfull of these slimy guys. I found a seemingly continuous row of them in a dying evergreen area next to an oak forest. The ones I have I am air drying. Don’t have any other method to dry. New to this forum and don’t know how to change the name of the specimen.

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It is similar to A. illinita, but I don’t think that it is the Eurasian species.
By: R. E. Tulloss (ret)
2015-10-03 15:59:30 PDT (-0700)

I think this is more likely to be something native to the Americas. It is possibly a Limacella, and I would like to look at your dried material if that is possible.

Let us suppose that it is a Limacella:

There are multiple taxa in North America to which the name L. illinita has been applied. In the Atlantic Coast plain, the one we know best (from Florida and southward along the coast of Mexico) is L. subillinita.

You can see some information about it here:

http://www.amanitaceae.org?Amanita%20subillilnita

The Limacella species with slime on both cap and stem (wet-stemmed limacellas) are listed with links to some accumulating information here:

http://www.amanitaceae.org?section%20Lubricae

No limacellas have been reported from the Carolinas according to the data that I have located; however, there are two limacella names that are historically associated with the Great Smoky Mtns. Nat. Pk. in Tennessee.

So I also suggest that you might look here:

http://www.amanitaceae.org?US%20-%20Great%20Smokies

The listed species have bright colored slime; so your material is probably neither of them.

Very best,

Rod

Illinita Indeed
By: Tom (Masnc)
2015-10-03 11:14:52 PDT (-0700)

While researching around I did notice it was the illinita version. Thanks for suggesting the proper identification!

Air drying (as opposed to using a vegetable dryer or something like one)…
By: R. E. Tulloss (ret)
2015-10-02 20:45:06 PDT (-0700)

can some time lead to material taking to long to dry with resulting permanent damage to tissues (that may become impossible to rehydrate for microscopic examination) or to DNA (that may break up with negative impact on basic sequencing methods).

Very best,

Rod

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