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Amanitaceae
The Family Amanitaceae consists of 2 genera: Amanita and Limacella. Amanita is by far the largest and best known genus. Amanita muscaria is the 'typical' mushroom featured in children's books - a red cap with white patches on top. Limacella is a small genus and recent molecular studies have shown that Amanita and Limacella are distinct but share a common ancestor. Limacella is not a well studied genus and more work is required in this area (see reference below). A number of Amanita species can cause very serious toxicity and even death if ingested.

Members of the
Amanitaceae can easily be recognised by the following characters:

Presence of a volva at the base of stipe (
Amanita only),
white to cream coloured gills and white to off white spores (both genera),
gills free - not attached to stipe
and, microscopically,
divergent gill trama which is typical for both genera.
References: Amanitaceae - Amanitaceae.org - best site for this family!
Representative species
Amanita
Limacella
Amanita sp.1
Limacella furnacea
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