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Legacy News (from old "Amanita Studies" site, fragmentary)

11-15 May 2017

Updated brief tabs: Amanita cornelii and A. emodotrygon.

Updated techtabs: Amanita alligator, A. cornelii, A. sp-AZ28, and A. sp-AZ30.

4-5 May 2017

Updated brief tabs: Amanita cornelii and A. emodotrygon.

Updated techtabs: Amanita cornelii, A. emodotrygon, and A. porphyria.

1 May 2017

Updated techtab: Amanita rhacopus.

29 Apr. 2017:

Updated techtabs: Amanita chlorinosma, A. penetratrix, A. petersenii, A. sp-Arora-01-555, and A. thiersii.

Updated brief tab: Amanita sp-Arora-01-555.

23-24 Apr. 2017:

Updated techtabs: Amanita penetratrix and A. roseolescens.

21 Apr. 2017:

Updated techtabs: Amanita justicei and A. penetrans. 17-18 Apr. 2017:

New taxon: Amanita sp-60 is new from the New Jersey pine barrens. It has a striking, pronounced umbo and, although the genetic data are incomplete, it appears to belong in the "__penetratrix__ group."

Updated brief tab: Amanita sp-T06.

Updated techtabs: Amanita glenosoma, A. kundabungii, A. minnesorora, A. penetratrix, A. sp-60, A. sp-MO06, A. sp-N63, A. sp-T06, A. suballiacea, and A. texasorora.

13-15 Apr. 2017:

Updated techtabs: Amanita minnesorora, A. sp-MO06, A. sp-N63, A. suballiacea, and A. texasorora.

4-11 Apr. 2017

New taxon page: Amanita glenosomma is added from eastern Pennsylvania. It is the only known example of a genetically very distinctive grouping within the provisional series Penetratrices.

Updated brief tabs: Amanita glenosomma, A. petersenii, and A. sp-MO06.

Updated techtabs: Amanita amerivirosa, A. cattaraugana, A. glenosomma, A. minnesorora, A. sp-AUS08, A. sp-MO06, A. suballiacea, A. texasorora, and A. virosa.

31 Mar. - 1 Apr. 2017

Renamed taxon page: Amanita sp-HON09 becomes A. hallingiana nom. prov. in honor of Dr. Roy E. Halling. The taxon is a novel speciese of the pantheroid type in section Amanita known from forests containg Quercus in central Mexico, Honduras, and Costa Rica.

Updated brief tab: Amanita hallingiana.

Updated techtab: Amanita hallingiana.

18-24 Mar. 2017

Updated brief tabs: Amanita arenicola, A. porphyria, and A. sp-AUS08.

Updated techtabs: Amanita penetratrix, A. porphyria, A. sp-N61, A. sp-N66, A. sp-N67, A. suballiacea, A. texasorora, and Limacella sp-CMP0152.

15-16 Mar. 2017

New taxon pages: Amanita sp-N66 and A. sp-N67 are new in section Vaginatae.

Updated brief pages: Amanita sp-N66 and A. sp-N67.

Updated tech tabs: Amanita arenicola, A. sp-N61, and A. sp-T48.

6-13 Mar. 2017

Yellow reaction to 10% KOH on caps of dried specimens of white destroying angels: After many requests of over many years concerning whether one can expect a yellow reaction in dried material of "white destroying angels," I carried out a few experiments to check this issue.  I selected material of A. suballiacea and A. amerivirosa that had yielded a positive yellow reaction when tested in the fresh condition.  I used only pieces of caps that had dried to a whitish or whitish tan color.  For both species, I placed at least one drop of KOH on the extracted cap fragment and then at a large window (natural day light) I compared the surface of the cap fragment to the surface of the untreated original cap. In both species the fragment exposed to KOH was distinctly more yellow than the untreated dried cap.

Revised regional checklist: "Checklist of Amanita taxa found in sub-Saharan Africa."

Updated brief tabs: Amanita amerivirosa, A. bisporigera, A. sp-T48, and A. suballiacea.

Updated techtabs: Amanita arenicola, A. gleocystidiosa, A. ravenelii, A. sp-N61, A. sp-T48, and A. texasorora.

2-4 March 2017

New taxon pages: Amanita gleocystidiosa and A. sp-T48k. The latter is a apparently a new species of section Vaginatae from eastern Texas.

Updated techtabs: Amanita gleocystidiosa and A. sp-T48.

27 Feb. 2017

Updated brief tab: Amanita velosa.

Updated techtab: Amanita velosa.

24 Feb. 2017

Updated techtabs: Amanita justicei, A. murrilliana, A. rhacopus, A. sp-AZ28, A. sp-AZ30, A. sp-OR01, and A. vernicoccora.

18-21 Feb. 2017

Updated brief tab: Amanita sp-N61.

Updated techtabs: Amanita rhacopus, A. sp-AZ28, A. sp-N61, A. sp-N65, A. texasorora, and A. vernicoccora.

13-15 Feb. 2017

Updated techtabs: Amanita alligator, A. justicei, A. melleialba, A. penetratrix, A. pseudosychnopyramis, A. sp-AZ28, A. sp-AZ29, A. sp-MO06, A. sp-N63, A. subparvipantherina, and A. vernicoccora.

11 Feb. 2017

Updated techtab: Amanita rhacopus.

6-10 Feb. 2017

New taxon pages: Three possibley new species of section Vaginatae have pages created for them—Amanita sp-AZ28 possibly close to A. nishidae), A. sp-AZ29 (a new member of series Penetratrices, and A. sp-AZ30.  All these taxa were differentiated by DNA sequencing and comparison.  The sequences were derived from material collected by Dr. Jack S. States in the last two decades of the last century.

Updated techtabs: Amanita albemarlensis, A. justicei, A. murrilliana, A. penetratrix, A. sp-AZ28, A. sp-AZ29, A. spAZ30, A. sp-GSM05, and A. sp-OR01.

1-3 Feb. 2017

New taxon page: Amanita sp-MO06, a speces of section Vaginatae, has been added to this site.

Updated brief tabs: Amanita justicei and A. sp-MO06.

Updated techtabs: Amanita albemarlensis and A. sp-MO06.

30-31 Jan. 2017

Updated techtabs: Amanita albemarlensis, A. justicei, A. sp-44, A. sp-56, A. sp-N65, and A. sp-T06.

26-29 Jan. 2017

New taxon page: Amanita justicei of section Vaginatae is, at present, known only from Missouri.

Updated techtabs: Amanita justicei, A. keesii, A. sp-44, A. sp-56, A. sp-N65, A. sp-T06, and A. wellsii.

24 Jan. 2017

New taxon page: Amanita sp-N65, section Vaginatae.

17-19 Jan. 2017

Updated techtabs: Amanita cruetilemurum, A. rubescens var. alba, A. sp-amerirubescens01, A. sp-amerirubescens02, A. sp-amerirubescens05, and A. sp-amerirubescens07.

12-13 Jan. 2017

Name changes: The provisional name Amanita petersenii replaces the temporary code A. sp-S06.  The provisional name A. albemarlensis replaced the temporary code A. sp-V04

A preliminary attempt to give some structure to the so-called "penetratrix group" has resulted in the creation of a provisional Amanita [sect. Vaginatae] series Penetratrices.  The reader will find that some of the species within the series have been grouped in stirpes (singular is "stirps"—Latin for "group").  At the moment, these stirpes collect (1) a group with weak, graying volva, (2) a group with persistent partial veil, (3) a group of taxa with a warted universal veil and no partial veil, and (4) a group containing only A. cinderellae.  All this is temporary and crudely drawn.

It was very satisfying to find that it might eventually be possible to see groups in the proposed Penetratrices that suggest evolution from a common ancestor with the Caesareae.  The Penetratrices (as proposed) appear to include about 10% of the presently known Vaginatae.

Updated techtabs: Amanita albemarlensis, A. petersenii, A. rubescens var. alba, and A. sp-amerirubescens05.

9-10 Jan. 2017

Updated brief tab: Amanita rubescens var. alba.

Updated techtabs: Amanita chiricahuana, A. homolae, A. insinuans, A. kryorhodon, A. rhacopus, A. rubescens var. alba, A. semiobruta, A. sp-amerirubescens01, A. sp-amerirubescens02, A. sp-amerirubescesn04, A. sp-AUS08, A. sp-AUS14, A. texasorora, and A. xanthomitra.

5-8 Jan. 2017

New taxon page: Amanita sp-V04 is a new species of section Vaginatae genetically similar to the A. penetratrix group.

Updated brief tabs: Amanita sp-amerirubescens05 and A. sp-V04.

Updated techtabs: Amanita penetratrix, A. sp-amerirubescens05, A. sp-V04, A. texasorora, and A. xanthomitra.

1-4 Jan. 2017

Happy New Year! Thank you for all your help and support.  Watch us continue to grow.

New taxon page: Amanita sp-AUS14 is a code numbered probable species—an Australian taxon from section Amanita.

Updated brief tab: Amanita sp-AUS14 and A. texasorora.

Updated techtabs: Amanita chiricahuana, A. kryorhodon, A. maryaliceae, A. rhacopus, A. semiobruta, and A. texasorora.


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