Notes: Ed Bosman of the Connecticut Valley Mycological Society said this was a rare species, which he had hardly ever seen. It was deeply rooted with only a small portion of the unique cap visible.
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Squamanita is a parasitic genus. Its species use the fruiting bodies of other agarics in order to create a cap that can spread Squamanita spores. It is interesting to speculate on the genus of the entity that has been parasitzied. Sometimes it can be very clear what has been parasitized. DNA studies can probably segregate the Squamanita from its host. What can the naked eye do? In the present case, how about a guess that it was Inocybe that was parasitized? It is fairly clear that Cystoderma provides at least one host. Amanita probably provides several. Rod Tulloss
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