AMANITACEAE family in the Agaricales

The Amanitaceae family contains the genera Amanita, Catatrama and Limacella. Although some species of Amanita are edible, most are not and quite a number are poisonous. 90% of deaths from mushrooms are attributed to consumption of Amanita phalloides, though others are also known to be deadly. For this reason and because it is not always easy to differentiate one species from another, especially if one is a novice, mycologists encourage mushroom hunters to avoid eating any members of this genus.

 To see enlarged versions of each amanita represented in this family, click on the first photo and then click on the textual links above each photo to get to the next one.