Joined: Nov. 2006
Let us all remember that the mushroom is just a fruiting body and not the organism itself. That seems to be getting lost here with all this 'self-representation' business.
You know concept of "self-representation" is based on the visibility. Internal organs of animals are not colored. External very often are. The same for mycelium/fruing body. I have read an opinion that probably as much as 90% of coloration of species have nothing to do with natural selection. If it is right we should reconsider natural selection as "omnipotent" evolutionary force.
Amanita muscaria should not be eaten. Can kill you but probably just make you wish you hadn't eaten it. At least according to the reports I have read.
You are right. It is Amanita caesarea of course.
I could not answer, but should maintain my ground.-