Observation 7729: Limacella Earle

Unfortunately due to inexperience for correct ID, I did not take more than one photo of this fungi and regret this now.
Species was photographed in Semi sub tropical eucalyptus forest in wet area on moss covered hardwood log.The top of the cap was grooved matching the underside and was a chocolate brown colour. The cap was not sticky to touch and the overall appearance was close to dry. The cap was about 35mm across and as far as I can remember there were no scales or warts on the surface.
As the photo shows the stem has warts in the upper region continuing down to the base, but not as obvious. The stem does have some shape changes especially about midstem where it appears to taper slightly. I think the genus is probably related to Amanita, but the universal veil and annulus are not apparent to me. The area was poorly lit and fill flash was used to bring out the detail. I do remember that the specimen was fragile and was a single growth. (Possibly could be related to Limacella pitereka.)


Copyright © 2008 Ian Dodd Kundabung NSW Australia

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Limacella in the Southern Hemisphere….
By: R. E. Tulloss (ret)
2008-06-09 18:26:51 CDT (-0400)

First, let me say that I am delighted to see a large bundle of observations from Australia arrive on the MushObs site. Wonderful.

Recently, I have been reviewing world species of Limacella. To my amazement, the 30 or so taxa that seem to fulfill my understanding of the genus are all found in the Northern Hemisphere. There are three species (maybe more) in the S.H. that have recently been named in Limacella; but all have some character that violates the expectations for the genus — such as having cystidia or an inverse rather than divergent lamella trama. The one name recently proposed for a supposed Amanita with cystidia (Amanita cystidiosa) has recently been revealed to be lepiotoid. Dried specimens of supposed Limacella from the S.H. should be retained for revision by someone well familiar with the Amanitaceae.