Amanita pantherina


At any time from summer through to the autumn, the Pathercap (Amanita pantherina) fungus may be seen in the oak or especially beech, woodlands of the New Forest, growing singularly or in small groups.

It is deadly poisonous, and should not be handled, but if observed carefully it is not too difficult to recognise.

It is of the same genus as the attractive red Fly Agaric (of fairies and goblins fame!) and has certain similarities to it. But Panthercap has brilliant white scales on the shiny brown or grey background of the cap, which is 6-10 cm across. A large pendulous white ring is on a white stem of up to 10 cm long, and also a distinctive white girdle or two, just above the pronounced rim above the bulbous base. It is considered to have the background colour of a Panther - and be dangerous!

Amanita pantherina

  1. Fungi
  2. Pestle puffball
  3. Crimson waxcap
  4. Nail fungus
  5. Golden spindles
  6. Shaggy inkcap
  7. Stinkhorn
  8. False deathcap
  9. Fly agaric
  10. Chicken of the woods
  11. Wood blewit
  12. Bearded tooth
  13. Southern bracket
  14. Honey fungus
  15. Panthercap (you are here)
  16. Dyers mazegill
  17. Devil’s fingers
  18. Deathcap
  19. Brown birch bolete
  20. Ochre brittlegill


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