fau-panthercap1.jpgThe Fungus Among Us - Amanitopsis vaginata
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The Fungus Among Us - Amanitopsis vaginata
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(Amanitopsis vaginata - 01)  We believe that this is an Amanitopsis vaginata because of its distinctive striping which matches the gills on the underside.  It appears that the outer top cream-colored covering layer has been eaten by an animal, as only tiny fragments remain.  The presence of teeth marks seems to confirm this conclusion.


(Amanitopsis vaginata - 02)  Another distinguishing characteristic of the Amanitopsis vaginata is that it doesn't have a ring on its stem as do those of the true Amanita, which helps distinguish it from those poisonous species.  This is an edible mushroom, which the literature says is little appreciated; however, we strongly recommend that our readers don't eat wild mushrooms unless you are an expert in identifying them.


(Amanitopsis vaginata - 03)  This enlarged photo gives us a close-up view of the striations on the Amanitopsis vaginata.

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