When: 2013-06-01

Collection location: Alva, Florida, USA [Click for map]

Who: Benjamin Dion (benjamindion)

Specimen available

Found growing out of extremely sandy soil under old growth oak hammock (mostly live oak) that is also spotted with bald and pond cypress, as well as sabal palms… slash pines are also present, but not as common in the “hammocky” areas (like where these were found). Property was previously owned by the Daniels family, and has historically been a cow pasture for 100+ years (there is currently an active cattle lease on the property).



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Used references: Similar to: 132960, 132961, etc.

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Thank you, Ben.
By: R. E. Tulloss (ret)
2013-06-23 16:38:25 CDT (-0400)

This material has been received and is scheduled to be sampled for DNA sequencing.

Very best,


Thank you.
By: R. E. Tulloss (ret)
2013-06-10 18:31:23 CDT (-0400)

We have returned to work.

We are really interested in any amanita as long as there is some documentation of the collection.

Right at the moment, we are collaborating with university labs on several groups. This means that we can find a “home” for a sample for DNA extraction for the following groups at the moment:

Limacella all sections (any species)

Amanita section Caesareae (any species)

Amanita section Amanita (all muscaria-like taxa and all gemmata-like taxa)

Amanita section Validae (all taxa that are similar to the naked eye to A. brunnescens, A. porphyria, “A. citrina,” all red-bruising/staining taxa, all taxa suggesting A. solaniolens or “A. sp-O02”)

We are hoping to expand the groups being sampled/sequenced to include the following:

Amanita section Phalloideae (all white "destroying angels especially if they are annotated as producing a yellow reaction to KOH or not producing that reaction)

Amanita section Lepidella (anything at the moment, but we may produce a “stop list” for some species later)

Amanita section Vaginatae (anything at the moment, and we particularly are seeking collection for which notes on dimensions and color were taken when the material was fresh)

Section Vaginatae is one of my great loves. It needs a great deal of work worldwide. Just having sequences is not very useful yet…unless we can recognize the entity in the field or in the laboratory from mophology. While we desire specimens with annotations made on fresh material for ALL taxa. The most overwhelming need is for material of sections Vaginatae and Validae which have received less study than the other sections.

On the WAO website there are blank note taking forms designed especially for amanitas and examples of the forms filled out for species of each of the sections.

You can find them here:


Very best,


By: Benjamin Dion (benjamindion)
2013-06-08 01:10:29 CDT (-0400)

I’ll definitely look through my collection! I’ve already been in contact with someone collecting spores for another genus at UT, which is really cool… I’m excited to be a part of anything you guys do with my samples!

The “season” just kicked off here, so I’ll be sure to take detailed photos and notes of my finds and send em wherever they will make a positive impact. Besides Amanita species, I have hundreds (possibly 1000+) cracker dried (and vacuum-sealed) specimens and spore prints of a few different species…

this is what they’re here for and I’m glad to help any way I can.

have a safe trip and keep in touch!

Thanks for the offer.
By: R. E. Tulloss (ret)
2013-06-08 00:29:40 CDT (-0400)

Do you have anything that looked like citrina and dried well?

This is the citrina-like amanita year (big sequencing project at Univ. of Tennessee looking for “citrinoid” goodies that were dried well and documented at least with a photograph (but hopefully with some comments on striking characters and measurements). At any rate, I think that the only county from Florida for which we have samples is Putnam Co. I think two taxa have been among the Putnam Co. specimens using genetic methods. Other parts of the eastern U.S. have three citrinoids (at least).

Come on, Florida!

I will be out of town for a couple of days. Maybe, when I get back, we can talk about what you have and what is on the front burner for our little group in Roosevelt. We’ll see if we have a match…or matches.

Very best,


By: Benjamin Dion (benjamindion)
2013-06-07 20:24:57 CDT (-0400)

It’ll be in the mail Monday!

Let me know if there are any other specimens in my OBs history that you may want as well.


I’d very much like to see your specimen, please.
By: R. E. Tulloss (ret)
2013-06-07 19:30:58 CDT (-0400)

Thank you for posting this. I’m hoping to starting sampling more white “destroying angels” for genetics this year. This is a candidate.


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