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This mycorrhizal genus contains some of the most poisonous species of fungi found in the world. Great care is needed not to confuse these with any other edible species.

The distinguishing characters are white spore print, (usually) with pale gills free from the stem, and the presence of a universal veil that often creates a ring on the stem. The cap is normally dry and, in many cases, has warts or patches on it.

Some of New Zealand's Amanita's lack a ring and or a well-formed cup, which can make it difficult to identify. In recent years, a number of introduced species have been found in New Zealand.
Genus: Amanita
Amanita australisAmanita australis
Amanita kareaAmanita Junquillea
Amanita karea Amanita karea
Amanita muscaria Amanita muscaria
Amanita nehutaAmanita nehuta
Amanita nigrescens Amanita nigrescens
Amanita nothofagi Amanita nothofagi
Amanita pareparina Amanita pareparina
Amanita pekeoides Amanita pekeoides
Amanita phalloides Amanita phalloides
Amanita taiepaAmanita taiepa
Genus: Saproamanita
Saproamanita sp. Amanita sp.?
Unidentified species
Amanita species Amanita species
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