Observation 55428: Limacella guttata (Pers.) Konrad & Maubl.
When: 2010-10-10
(47.0° 8.0° )
Who: Sporulator
No herbarium specimen

Notes: Deciduous forest (Fagus sylvatica, Quercus robur),
240 m / 787 ft. above sea level


Copyright © 2010 martingraf51@yahoo.de
Copyright © 2010 martingraf51@yahoo.de
Copyright © 2010 martingraf51@yahoo.de
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Good morning, Roberto.
By: R. E. Tulloss (ret)
2014-11-04 06:57:30 CST (-0600)

In the last week we obtained a small flood of DNA data concerning Limacella from Jozsef Geml and Tatiana Semenova in Leiden. The material of this observation contributed our obtaining a good set of data for L. guttata. I am very grateful for your contribution of the collection associated with this observation.

Very best,


By: Sporulator
2010-10-23 13:00:06 CDT (-0500)

Hello Rod
I am glad that the material arrived safely.
I have learned that it is necessary to use strong internal package.
Of course you can use the photos.

Very best,

By: R. E. Tulloss (ret)
2010-10-23 12:59:34 CDT (-0500)


I would like to have your permission to use some of your images from this page (probably cropped) for the amanitaceae website on which your specimen will also be reported (eventually with data).

Very best,


Material arrived safely
By: R. E. Tulloss (ret)
2010-10-23 12:45:22 CDT (-0500)


The specimen arrived safely. It was good that you had a strong internal package to protect the specimen because something very like a rhinoceros apparently attacked the external, cardboard box.

You join Irene A. in the use of strong internal packaging for Limacella specimens…apparently a good idea.

Thank you very much for the specimen and the careful packaging.

Very best,


Thank you.
By: R. E. Tulloss (ret)
2010-10-13 12:04:12 CDT (-0500)

Thank you for your generous help.


By: Sporulator
2010-10-13 09:38:27 CDT (-0500)

No problem, I will dry the Limacella specimen
and send the exsiccate to you.

I am glad that you like the photo.
No, I haven’t submitted the photo in a competition.
The year 2010 was a great “giant puffball” season in Germany.

What a wonderful “personal icon”!
By: R. E. Tulloss (ret)
2010-10-13 09:23:52 CDT (-0500)

That is a very nice “personal icon” you have selected. Composition, lighting, unusual subject matter (for the world outside of mycology)…all are lovely. Very striking. Have you submitted this in a competition…such as the on-line one that is sponsored by the National Geographic Society? Lovely. Truly.

Back to dried material. I am an editor of a website on the family Amanitaceae and carry out taxonomic research on that group. Hence, I am always “on the lookout” for good photographs that are taxonomically useful and would improve the teaching and aesthetic qualities of the site. At the same time, the editors have the general policy of wanting to have dried specimens that act as “vouchers” for the photographs that we use.

Because Limacella has been very rarely studied, that genus is of particular interest to us now. Outside of Europe there are many poorly known taxa and some are probably still undescribed in the Americas (at least). Hence, taxonomists in the Americas need to understand the European species concepts.

After all this preamble, I will answer your question by saying that I will always be interested in material of Limacella that is mutually supported by good photographs. You are very kind to offer to dry some material for study. I will be grateful to receive what you may send.

My postal address is on-line at


Very best,

Rod Tulloss

By: Sporulator
2010-10-13 09:04:54 CDT (-0500)

Hello Rod

I rarely dry mushroom specimens. I am more interested in the
chemistry of mushrooms than in the taxonomy. But if you
are looking for specific species, just let me know and I will
keep an eye on it and dry the mushrooms if I will find them.

I’m glad that we’re getting more pictures of Limacella
By: R. E. Tulloss (ret)
2010-10-13 08:44:12 CDT (-0500)

This is a very nice set of images. It is quite remarkable how a group of images can expand one’s idea of the gestalt of a species. Combining these images with those Irene has posted in recent times really gives a much clearer picture of the species than the idealized drawing, paintings, and photographs in books.

Do you ever dry specimens for study, Roberto?


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