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Amanita paraeparina

Amanita paraeparina
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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: 2009-03-20
Categories: Rain Forest
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ5
Exposure: f/8, 1/8 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): New Zealand Fungi [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-03-23 1:19
Viewed: 4068
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is the same Amanita that I photographed last week at Coal Creek when it was still in its developing stage.
Now it has opened out we can clearly see the white gills beneath.

Here is the information on this species I got from the Amanita site of Dr Rodham 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

Today I went for a walk to Arnold River,where there were lots of blue Entoloma hochstetteri,so expect to see a few more of those soon.

Thanks for looking,

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2009-03-23 2:41]

Hi Steve!

I like both stages and both pictures. This one looks more stylish, older one more aggresive :-) Lovely light and shadowsplay. Unfortunatelly none of them looks like an alchemical symbol, pity! Maybe is it poisonous at least?

Hi Steve!

This picture is surprising because the dimensions of the fungi seem to be very big. It gives me the impression to come straight from a book or movie of tales. But where are the dwarfs? Thank you for this fine picture, and I also appreciate the detailed notes.

Kind regards


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-03-23 3:11]

Dear Lord,
such a lovely composition with excellent clarity and sharpness. I like the way you composed the features- the gills and the trunk and the top of it.
All composed in one shot of presentation.
Really exciting and beautiful capture of excellent lighting.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-03-23 3:55]

Hello Steve,
The mysterious light in this photo is gorgeous! Like in a faity-tail. The dark BG gives it an extra dimension.
Excellent sharpness, details and low POV.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-03-23 5:38]

Hello Steve,
The light manage ment of this capture of this Amanita paraeparina is excellent and it contrasts well with the dark BG tree roots without being over posed. This together with the sharpness and fine POV make this a fine portrait of the species.
Most of our Amanita species are deadly poisonous and I guess this one is too.
Thanks and have a good week,

Reading your EXIF tells me you really prepared well for this one Steve! The lighting was low but you managed better than well in the situation and had a nice angle to boot.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-03-23 11:07]

Hi Steve,

This picture looks like an illustration for one of the fairy tales that takes place in a forest! The lighting is superb creating a wonderful contrast between the Amanita and the bark. Excellent details of the cap, gills and stem. A wonderful image.


hello steve
very good composition
beautiful details
good soft light
great shot
greeting lou

Hi Steve,
Like Grzeg, I also like both shots, but this one seems it was more challenging technically. I think You used Your headlight, which resulted a unique fungi photo again. Quite mysterious and artistic. Bravo.
Best wishes, László

Hi Steeve,
Great photo with a good isolating light on the amanita
Well done

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2009-03-24 21:25]

Steve, You seem to be moving like a Scotland yard and finding these lovely fungi's hiding. Excellent capture. Ganesh

Hi Steve,
marvellous documentation under low light conditions, taken from a perfect low point of view. Magic light from below - skilfully well achieved by using a mirror? Great work of great atmospheric beauty.
Thank you!
With best regards,

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