Project Noah is a tool to explore and document wildlife and a platform to harness the power of citizen scientists everywhere.
Thank you Nigel2 and Gary for your help. I agree with both of you! I agree with Nigel because every time I think I've identified a species I feel that I may be wrong and other people could identify their photos looking at mine. And I also agree with Gary because this Project has introduced me and many other ordinary people I know in a world of wonder and diversity. I also think it's worth making mistakes from time to time -as many famous scientists have made through history- if you learn a bit in the process.
If you can tell from a photo that what this represents is conspecific with what Fries described from Sweden, well and good. Most of us can't identify anything from a photo - the most we can do is suggest a strong similarity based on macroscopic field characters as shown in a given photo. Project Noah makes no claims to accuracy, and rather than misleading anyone, let alone a whole generation, it is opening eyes onto a world rarely noticed or observed carefully. Misnaming organisms is part of the price we're willing to pay for the chance to see such phenomenal diversity and beauty in nature.
This is Amanita excelsa, the bulbous base of the stem enclosed in the universal veil remains (not shown) would tell me it is an Amanita and the grey remains on the grey to olive-brown cap tell me what species.All Amanita gills in Britain are white/ish so an underview would tell me nothing more.I must add that I am not sure what Project Noah hope to achieve as there are so many misidentifications here that when people google a species and a wrong one is shown, then possibly a whole new generation could be viewing a misnamed species.
Thank you very much, Gary, next time I see a fungus I'll do what you suggest.
the material adorning the cap of the mushroom tells you it's an Amanita.
There's not enough information visible on this photo to name the species.
A second specimen, carefully dug up and photographed to show the underside of the cap and the bottom of the stem would help to identify it to species.
Lat: 53.28, Long: -3.83
Spotted on Jul 22, 2007 Submitted on Oct 22, 2010