When: 2008-10-12

Collection location: Istanbul, Turkey [Click for map]

Who: Adnan Sınar (mushroomaniac)

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Sure it’s an Amanita but don’t know what kind. I’ve seen a picture of a similar mushroom by Jaroslav Maly on the Net with the caption “Amanita regalis”, but when I checked the species name at Mushroom Observer, I saw a different coloured Amanita.


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Yes Debbie,
By: Irene Andersson (irenea)
2008-12-29 22:42:39 WIB (+0700)

the “European Panther” is variable in colour, but usually much darker than the western american ones called pantherina. I suppose you checked Ret’s page with pantherina var. pantherina?
This one has the typical features, the white and “mealy” patches, and the sharp margin of volva remnants at the base of the stem – but I can’t go as far as to “call it that”. I have no idea what else could be hiding in the woods of Turkey..

wow, you have amazingly dark panthers in Europe, if this is what it is.
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2008-12-29 22:23:40 WIB (+0700)

and since toxicity is directly correlated with the darkness of the cap, these must be scary poisonous.

Rod did show another black capped, warted amanita, section amanita, that was NOT pantherina tho, altho sometimes your amazing mushroom in hand is just an unusual example of a common garden variety and not a rariety. and of course, i also don’t remember what section of the world his image came from, so my flight of fancy might be just that…

fabulous mushrooms!
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2008-12-29 05:16:49 WIB (+0700)

I have seen amanitas section amanita that look almost black like these in one of Rod’s slide shows, altho i don’t remember the name of it. It is certainly reminescent of regalis, but too dark and the warts in regalis are yellow.

With a bit of patience, Rod will comment. He won’t let these beauties get away!

If you want to scroll thru his species descriptions in section amanita, go here: