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Looks like you may have lit on a good possibility…and an opportunity to do some work on a name for the mushroom.
It looks like you could check for dextrinoid (=pseudoamyloid) spores with a certain size and shape if you found the beast again.
..for reminding me of this find, I have searched the area where I first found these for the last two years but it hasn’t appeared again, hopefully next season it will appear again!
if you have scope access, and collect this again, a thin gill section should give you clues as to genus…amanita has divergent gill trama. I’m not sure what the heck this is, tho, other than way cool…save some, dry some, if you can.
it’s a whole nuther world there down under…
What were the bulb and volva like? What was your reason for deciding on Amanita as the genus? The hairy patterning on the cap might be possible in Amanita sect. Lepidella, but would be VERY unusual in other parts of the genus.
In Amanita, the base of the stem is very revealing. If you could photograph the stipe base as clearly as possible, you will get a gain in the ability to determine species from photographs.
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