Observation 58997: Amanita muscaria (L.) Lam.

When: 2010-07-09

Collection location: Moonlight Flat, Victoria, Australia [Click for map]

Who: TimmiT

No specimen available

Found under Pinus radiata in Central Victoria.



Proposed Names

77% (2)
Recognized by sight
28% (1)
Recognized by sight: Perhaps imported along with the Pinus radiata

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Australian fly agaric
By: Erlon (Herbert Baker)
2010-11-16 12:17:24 CST (-0500)

That’s right, all Australian fly agaric have turned out to be A. muscaria.

Thanks for the response
By: R. E. Tulloss (ret)
2010-11-16 11:25:49 CST (-0500)


The new site is back on the air now. We had (somehow) used up all our immense storage alotment…which makes no sense. As I write, David is weeding the “garden” and debugging to see if we suffered a memory leak of some sort.

Thanks for the promised material.

Very best,


Thanks Rod
By: TimmiT
2010-11-16 10:39:15 CST (-0500)

I remember reading somewhere that it was the European taxon that occurs in Australia, but it seems plausible for both taxa to have been introduced.

The links you provided are not working at the moment, but I was able to find both entries on the old website.

I will gladly provide you with dried material when they fruit next.


The major deciding differences are microscopic and DNA
By: R. E. Tulloss (ret)
2010-11-16 09:32:12 CST (-0500)

You might wish to check out




Amanita muscaria subsp. flavivolvata is the current correct name for the provisional “Amanita amerimuscaria”.

If I remember correctly, all the material sequenced from Australia and New Zealand so far has been the Eurasian A. muscaria.

I’d be willing to look at well-dried, mature material from the Pinus radiata planting to see if I can tell which taxon you have.

Very best,


Hitch hikers
By: TimmiT
2010-11-16 06:40:29 CST (-0500)

Good point… I forgot that P. radiata was a Californian species. It’s thought that these mushrooms hitched a ride with the pines when they were imported to Australia, so perhaps A. amerimuscaria is the better name for them.

The other possibility is that they were imported with European trees and made their way into the American pines.

What features separate the two?

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