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Amanita sp. (most likely A. flavella)
Bright yellow agaric mushrooms. Small scales on caps. Gills pale and caps transparent in parts when viewed from beneath. Caps also appear to flatten out with age, although there were no really old or dead specimens. However, there was one specimen that looked older and its skin was a darker yellow and wrinkled. No more than a dozen specimens found in area 2m.squ. Signs of feeding on caps by snails or slugs. Stipes smooth with ring, yellow at top but becomes whiter nearer the base. Largest specimen no more than 10 cms in height.
Native bushland in the Mt. Coot-tha Forest Reserve. Spotted on the Stringybark Track. Area generally dry but leaf litter in more shaded areas still reasonably moist. Mushrooms growing on sandy soil. Surrounding trees native eucalypts.
Many thanks to Daniele and Marc Pralong who spotted these specimens. Chances are I would have missed them. Amanita flavoconia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amanita_fla... is a similar species but it occurs in the eastern United States, although there are reports of it being found in Australia. Perhaps these sightings have been confused with the local species and the ID incorrect.
Spotted on Apr 6, 2014
Submitted on Apr 11, 2014