When: 2009-09-08

Collection location: Georgia, USA [Click for map]

Who: AmatoxinApocalypse (AmatoxinApocalypse)

Specimen available

This appears to be the same species I was finding in the spring months, with one exception…the size.

These are significantly smaller than the collections I made in the spring, found under oak.

Note upturned, collar like annulus on some specimens.

I have no field guide, my dog destroyed it, anybody know of a good guide strictly for the genus Amanita?


Proposed Names

55% (3)
Recognized by sight
-61% (5)
Recognized by sight: Maybe washed away??
-39% (4)
Used references: National Audubon Field Guide to Mushrooms
56% (1)
Recognized by sight: Long tuberculate striations

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Well, if my Canadian friends can forgive me…
By: R. E. Tulloss (ret)
2009-09-09 13:27:44 PDT (-0700)

I just remembered (DUH) the book prepared for the Cercle des Mycologues de Montreal by Yve Lamoureux. There are only a few taxa in the book that are likely to appear in Georgia, but it is a well-illustrated collections brief descriptions of taxa from eastern Canada. Many of the taxa have provisional names. Yves is the person who taught me what Amanita magnivelaris is…I was pretty thickheaded at first, but he got through.

The book is called “Champignons du Quebec. Tome 2. Les Amanites”
It was published by the Cercle in 2006.


field guides focusing on Amanita…
By: R. E. Tulloss (ret)
2009-09-09 07:02:51 PDT (-0700)

I don’t think that there is a satisfactory field guide focused on the Amanitaceae in any part of the Americas. (I’d love to be proven wrong.) The closest book is David Jenkins’ “Amanita of North America.” When he was about to stop work in taxonomy, David gathered his notes and photographs and generated that book in the mid-80’s.

At the moment, the only competition is the combination of checklists, keys, and species pages available on the Amanita Studies site. A small device with satellite connection to the internet could allow a crude field guide to be cobbled together from the web site elements.

Recently, Twizzler asked for a non-microscopist’s key to the sections of Amanita. I thought that this was a very good idea for a part of the world (N. America) in which mycological taxonomists are few and aging. I have started writing the document. If people would like to see the draft (and comment on it), I will be glad to create a mailing list for the Ms. and similar documents that would make Amanita knowledge more widely accessible.

Please be aware that I will probably never be able to satisfy all the legitimately interested people who request information. I will just do the best I can.

If it was possible to create PDF bulletins relating to the Amanitaceae, they could be posted on the Amanita Studies website or on a different vehicle. Or email subscriptions could be provided for some nominal cost that would cover my site storage costs (for example). I’m interested to know what the folks on this list would like to see.

Very best,