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Amanita sp-Ridley-2 (Noddy Flycap)

Kingdom:   Fungi
Division:    Basidiomycota
Class:        Agaricomycetes
Order:        Agaricales
Family:      Amanitaceae
Genus:       Amanita
Name status:  cryptonomen temporarium
Scientific name: Amanita sp-Ridley-2
Common names:  Noddy Flycap, Noddy Cap, Noddy's Cap Lepidella, Amanita 2 ridley

Amanita sp-Ridley-2 is strange species of Amanita that appears to be only known from New Zealand. There have been very few reports of this mushroom (about 16). It has been reported from Auckland, Hamilton, Hastings, Wellington, Nelson, Moteueka and Christchurch.
Amanita sp-Ridley-2 is grows up to 30 cm tall and it has an unusual elongated umbo (protuberance) on its cap. The cap is covered with sticky scales.

The specimen below was observed and photographed by Julie Edwards during 7 th February near Motueka, South Island.
  











The next two photos are of new mushrooms in the same 50 cm square area two months later than the above photos.