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Amanita pareparina

Amanita pareparina
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Copyright: Steve Reekie (LordPotty) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1381 W: 144 N: 3872] (12503)
Genre: Fungi
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-03-12
Categories: Rain Forest
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ5
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/40 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): New Zealand Fungi [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-03-12 2:51
Viewed: 5143
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Today I managed to get out for my first fungi shoot of the season,with my old Panasonic Lumix FZ5 which Kay lent back to me until I replace my FZ8
I was pleasantly rewarded by finding several interesting fungi to photograph.
This was my favourite of the day.

I found some information on the species on a site by Dr. Rodham E. Tulloss:

BRIEF DESCRIPTION: The following description is based on Ridley (1991).

The cap of Amanita pareparina is 40 - 115 mm wide, convex to plano-convex, or flattened-conic, pale yellowish-ochraceous, occasionally with slight rosy buff tinge, dry, possibly subviscid when wet, with an appendiculate and decurved margin. The cap tends to split into large, fleshy squamules, conical to broadly conical warts that become smaller, subfelted crumbs towards the margin; these volval remnants are pale yellowish to ochraceous at the tip. The flesh is white to very pale buff and unchanging.

Gills are crowded, free, smooth to slightly floccose, very pale buff; the short gills are attenuate..

Its stem is 50 - 120 × 10 - 18 mm, solid; flushed rosy buff, floccose, and striate above the ring, pale yellowish, fibrillose, and becoming finely scaled below the ring. The bulbous base is 28 - 42 mm wide. Upwards pointed scales becoming larger pro towards stem base. These scales suggest a palisade which gives the species its latinized Maori name. The ring is membranous, striate, tearing unevenly, pale yellowish. The flesh is white to very pale buff and unchanging.

The spores measure 8 - 12 × (6.5-) 8 - 10.5 µm and are globose to broadly ellipsoid infrequently ellipsoid and are amyloid. Clamps are absent at bases of the basidia.

Originally described from New Zealand, associated with Southern Beech (Nothofagus). It is known from the southern part of the North Island and the Northern part of the South Island.

Ridley reports that the was unable to place A. pareparina within Bas' system.

It is curious that the colors yellow and rosy buff appear on this mushroom as well as on A. mumura G. S. Ridl. Since Ridley clearly felt them to be completely unrelated taxa, the possibility that these colors are due to the presence of some "infecting agent" might be considered. -- R. E. Tulloss

I also found the first blue mushroom (Entoloma hochstetteri) of the season today,as well as some Amanita muscaria,2 species of Austroboletus,and several nice Russula amongst other things.
Look out for more fungi soon :)
Thanks for viewing this one.

Mikolaj, ellis49, Miss_Piggy, Heaven, Hormon_Manyer, bahadir, eng55, Luis52, boreocypriensis, matatur, gannu, TAZ has marked this note useful
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Hello Steve! Good capture. Very good contrast. Perfect sharpness. Original work. Well done!

Hello Steve,
I see it's season for fungi in NZ, I think you summer is over.
I have never seen this odd shape of a fungi before.
This is a nice capture with fine sharpness and really nice colours and lighting.
Well done, old friend.

Hallo Steve
This is very striking. It actually created a lot of discussion between me and Betsie in the office. (She is also a member of the site) When I saw this huge mushroom, I was thinking that it actually belong in the Flintstone era. This could easily have been a huge bone, which I have seen pictures of in the cartoons. Now that I’ve talked a lot of nonsence I can tell you that this unusually shaped fungi is captured in fine style. The clarity of the detail shown is great. Thanks for sharing and best regards.
Ps. It can also go through as a pair of weights for lifting and building the muscles. Ha-ha let me rather say goodbye.

Hi Steve!

You present us a simple, yet pleasant and especially interesting picture of a fungi. The picture reveals great details of it and the notes are instructive. Many thanks for this fine posting.

Kind regards


Hi Steve,

very nice look at this interesting looking mushroom, great details of the surfeca, natural colours and gentle light. Very good ond informative note.


Hi Steve,

Good to hear You have at least a lent camera instead of Your broken FZ-8. Good capture of this unique NZ fungus specie. Your ID specification is absolutely right, but the outlook of the specimen strongly reminds me to our (European) Amanita vittadinii (the only Amanita living saprobic, non-mycorrhizal life. A. pareparina is having mycorrhiza exclusively with your Manuka {Leptospermum scoparium} bush / tree, not with Nothofagus species, although all these datas are from literature, I of course haven't seen this specie yet).

It's always very good to look at a specie again which I previously never heard before. This is one of the reasons I'm here on this site...

Good to hear You already have some nice captures. I wish You a beasutiful fungi season. Ours, at least the spring season, is just about to start - there's still snowing in the mountains, although not heavily. I hope to get it over soon.

Tfs the pic and the note, friendly regards from the heart of Europe, László

hello Steve
beautiful picture
super sharpness
nice composition
great shot
greeting lou

Hello Steve, great macro shot of this strange shaped mushroom. Details and composition are wonderful.
TFS. Bahadır

Namastay Steve,
A nice capture of this beautiful fungi. Its head looks like a demon's helmet :). Excellent composition and sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-03-12 11:48]

Hello Steve,
Most of all I like the contrasting colours in this photo. Great sharpness and POV. Beautiful light.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-03-12 12:03]

Hi Steve,
Excellent close up of this fungi.Well seen and composed.
Thanks for posting.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2009-03-12 16:11]

Hola Steve.
Fine details in this excellent Macro. Great sharpness and light. Very interesting note.

Hi Steve, an excellent close-up capture of this beautifully shaped mushroom from a nice POV with wonderful details, great DOF and fine composition.
TFS and Cheers,

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-03-13 2:06]

Hi Steve,
indeed very special and unique fungi.
The sharp head is seen clear and sharp and pleasant. You have balance the white very well.
Excellent presentation. Beautiful piece.


A fine specimen taken laterally from a good POV, with enough DOF to capture the whole as a sharp image under the diffuse illumination of an under-forest environment Steve, thank you indeed for sharing this nice image with us my friend.

Hey Steve, I like this species, looks like a Gem-Studded Puffball and an Amanita got together and spawned this guy. The white fleshy tones of the spiked cap and stem go nicely with the dark forest floor litter. The focus and lighting are done nicely as well! Look forward to seeing your other uploads. Thanks!

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2009-03-13 17:32]

Hello Steve, Very interesting shot of this fungi. The shape is very interesting and also the color.Ganesh

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2009-03-16 0:56]

Hi Steve!

Very interesting specie. This one looks like short morgenstern :-) I like this capture because of good, natural colours, composition and of course main subject. Don't eat it my friend :-)

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2009-03-17 10:22]

Hello Steve,
Nice for me to see this strange Amanita ! You are lucky to be able to meet such species. Here in my French Alps it is still snowcovered ;-)
Well done, old friend.

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