Name: Amanita muscaria (L.) Lam.
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Copyright © 2007 Ian Dodd Kundabung NSW Australia
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First person to use this name on MO: Nathan Wilson
Editors: Alan Rockefeller, Erlon Bailey, Oluna & Adolf Ceska, Joseph D. Cohen


Domain: Eukarya

Kingdom: Fungi

Phylum: Basidiomycota

Class: Agaricomycetes

Order: Agaricales

Family: Amanitaceae

Genus: Amanita

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Notes on Taxonomy: [Edit]

Status: Neotype
Herbarium records:
TENN 39847
Collected by: Petersen, R.H.
Collection date: 1974
Location details: Ångermanland, Nordingrå Parish
Country (state): Sweden

These notes come from Panaeolus allosporus (Singer) E.F. Malysheva when it was merged with this name:

Basionym: Galeropsis allospora Singer, Lilloa 23: 239

= Galeropsis allosperma Singer, Lilloa 22: 733 (1951).
MycoBank No. MB 829486

Brief Description:

Amanita muscaria var. muscaria photo courtesy of, 2008,

Commonly known as the fly agaric or fly Amanita, Amanita muscaria is a mycorrhizal basidiomycete fungus that contains several toxic, psychoactive compounds. Amanita muscaria is the typical “toadstool” mushroom, bearing white gills and white warts on its variably colored cap and growing typically in clusters near conifers or hardwoods throughout the northern hemisphere. (2) (3)

The name fly agaric comes from its use as a control for pesky flies. The old practice was to soaking pieces of the mushroom in a saucer of milk to attract flies. The flies would drink the tainted milk, become intoxicated, and fly into walls to their death.

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By: Nathan Wilson (nathan)
2011-11-02 17:02:01 CDT (-0400)

I understand that the botanical code says that you should use the infra-species autonym, but there is still value in have a page the species as a whole. Consequently, I am approving this name.

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