13 Deadliest Mushrooms on the Planet

Here’s a list of the most toxic mushrooms in the world.

The most venomous frogs are the colorful species. Unlike frogs, majority of the most poisonous mushrooms are the dull-colored ones. Mushroom recipes are among my favorite foods. To protect your family, make sure that the mushrooms you pick in your area are the edible one – not the poisonous one because most cases of mushroom poisonings are due to picking of poisonous mushrooms mistaken for edible species.

1. False Morels (Gyromitra esculenta)

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Looks are deceiving. False Morels is beautiful but deadly. This mushroom species seems delicious. Yes it is but it is potentially fatal if eaten raw. It is a popular delicacy in Scandinavia, Eastern Europe, and the upper Great Lakes region of North America. This mushroom’s toxin is the gyromitrin and affects the liver, central nervous system and the kidneys. Symptoms of poisoning involve vomiting and diarrhea several hours after consumption, followed by dizziness, lethargy and headache. Severe cases may lead to delirium, coma and death after 5-7 days.

2. Western North American Destroying Angel (Amanita ocreata)

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This mushroom contains the highly toxic amatoxins and phallatoxins and has been responsible for a number of mushroom poisonings in western North America. Death Angel, Destroying Angel or more precisely Western North American Destroying Angel is found mostly in the Pacific Northwest and California growing near oak trees. Just half a cap of this mushroom can be enough to kill a human. There is some evidence it may be the most toxic of all the North American phalloideae, as a higher proportion of people consuming it had organ damage and 40% perished. Dogs, too, have been known to consume this fungus in California with fatal results. No definitive antidote for amatoxin poisoning is available, but some specific treatments such as intravenous penicillin have been shown to improve survivability.


3. Amanita smithiana

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This mushroom is responsible for poisonings in the Pacific Northwest when mistaken for the edible Tricholoma magnivelare. Amanita smithiana is a species of agaric found on soil in coniferous and broadleaved woodland in North America. When consumed, it causes rapid renal failure. Two similar species have been implicated in similar cases of acute renal failure in Spain and in Japan.

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51 Responses to “13 Deadliest Mushrooms on the Planet”
  1. twopenneth Says...

    On May 11, 2009 at 7:23 am

    i love mushrooms. i even remember mushroom picking with my mom and aunts every rainy season, around august when i was a kid. they taught me how to distinguish good and bad mushroom. Thanks for this, will help kids who are into mushroom picking.

  2. Melody SJAL Says...

    On May 11, 2009 at 7:29 am

    These mushrooms are indeed poisonous and deadly, thanks for sharing.

  3. Christine Ramsay Says...

    On May 11, 2009 at 7:57 am

    That is a very interesting article. I think I will just continue to buy mushrooms rather than pick my own.


  4. CHAN LEE PENG Says...

    On May 11, 2009 at 9:05 am

    I’ve seen some of these mushrooms in the wild jungle. They’re poisonous though! Well-composed article!

  5. DA Cournean Says...

    On May 11, 2009 at 9:49 am

    Great article. It is quite tricky distinguishing the good from the bad.

  6. dee gold Says...

    On May 11, 2009 at 10:04 am

    very informative.

  7. Judy T Lloyd Says...

    On May 11, 2009 at 10:29 am

    I agree this is very informative. I will only buy the mushrooms from a grocery store.

  8. Glynis Smy Says...

    On May 11, 2009 at 10:32 am

    The villagers collect mushrooms in the mountains but I am not so brave. Interesting article.

  9. PR Mace Says...

    On May 11, 2009 at 11:00 am

    Well written and informative article. I guess I will not be eating any of these with crab meat anytime soon.

  10. Vikram Chhabra Says...

    On May 11, 2009 at 12:37 pm

    Interesting article. Won’t be eating mushrooms for a while…:)

  11. Lauren Axelrod Says...

    On May 11, 2009 at 1:01 pm

    Mmm, I love shrooms. You do have to be very careful about these.I used to try and eat these when I was little.

  12. Joe Dorish Says...

    On May 11, 2009 at 1:20 pm

    I’ve eaten wild mushrooms before but not anymore!

  13. Judy Sheldon Says...

    On May 11, 2009 at 6:25 pm

    I’ll stick with the foods I am familiar with. Thanks for the warning.

  14. Kheng Says...

    On May 12, 2009 at 12:18 am

    I like mushrooms but I will stick to those cultivated ones.

    Thanks for an informative article.

  15. swatilohani Says...

    On May 12, 2009 at 4:36 am

    I am a Ph. D. in plant pathology. Your scientificresearch was a treat for my eyes. Thnx for sharing the wonderful pics.

  16. kate smedley Says...

    On May 12, 2009 at 10:50 am

    Excellent article! Very informative and well researched

  17. papaleng Says...

    On May 12, 2009 at 12:00 pm

    Awesome article..

  18. Betty Carew Says...

    On May 12, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    Excellent article nobert but a deadly food if you don’t know what to look for

  19. M J katz Says...

    On May 13, 2009 at 12:14 am

    Great article about a food that I dearly love but won’t go out and just pick! :) Some of these mushrooms are also located in New England…or else they have ‘twins’ there because they look just like the ones I used to pick and examine as a kid!
    I think I’ll keep on buying my mushrooms at the store! ^-^

  20. Phil E. Drifter Says...

    On May 13, 2009 at 7:01 pm


  21. Brian Says...

    On May 13, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    Really, you don’t need to specify that every single mushroom on this list is one of the most poisonous mushrooms in the world. We get it. Thanks.

  22. mo Says...

    On May 14, 2009 at 12:10 am

    i like shrooming

  23. Deep Blue Says...

    On May 14, 2009 at 12:23 pm

    How about mushroom cloud associated with atomic bomb? Kidding, you have a well research project here mate.

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  25. Mr Ghaz Says...

    On May 16, 2009 at 2:14 am

    Excellent!.I really liked this article..full with useful infos and best selection of mushrooms pics..Well done and keep it up

  26. Anna Storer Says...

    On May 17, 2009 at 1:00 am

    Wonderful article. I love mushrooms. My Mum and Dad taught me how to tell the difference between the good the bad when I was growing up. Unfortunately, as years went by, I lost this ‘talent’, so now I buy them. But I too, love looking at them and taking photos of them.

  27. Robin Says...

    On May 19, 2009 at 12:39 pm

    I think you’ve help me identfy the mushroom that my dog ingested with grass clippings and died of toxicity. Good photos. Good information. Thanks

  28. bam Says...

    On May 31, 2009 at 6:35 am

    ow come on…i love eating spag & pizza w/ mushroom toping..buti nlng d ako nangu2ha sa taltalon hehe..tnx for that info mr handsome..

  29. CutestPrincess Says...

    On June 3, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    yikes, the False Morels looks like worms!

  30. Heidi Says...

    On August 11, 2009 at 1:57 am

    I appreciate the information more than you know! I have been scouting for wild edible ones as I know of a definite few. (I’m in Alaska). But I discovered one that looked like a parasol mushroom and an amanita combined. I didn’t touch them..took pictures though in hopes I would find a sample online. Very cool..I think I am pretty sure we came across the Entoloma Species. (I think..) But was pretty sure by the time I left that they weren’t edible. I have yet to see more than a couple edible varieties this year. It might be a little early though. Most up here sprout in the fall. (It’s getting toward there but not quite I guess.) Morels are very hard to find up here, but we get a few now and again. I found one the size of a small chicken that looked like a falsey. We decided to risk it and after some research we did cook it up (part of it) and all was well. It’s the nutty smell that convinced me. Most of the poisonous ones are at least polite enough not to smell very edible :) Thanks for a great article!

  31. Juancav Says...

    On September 4, 2009 at 9:20 pm

    Terrify mushrooms,worst buy them.

  32. tenzin Says...

    On October 20, 2009 at 5:18 am

    indeed so colourful….m more cautious now…..

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    On November 9, 2009 at 2:21 am

    thanks so much for the information it helped make my senior project easier!

  34. Alan Foos Says...

    On March 11, 2010 at 4:21 am

    You forgot Clarkeinda trachodes, deady but not well known, occurs throughout the world, but mostly SE Asia. Killed eight people in village in Thailand. You can see picture here:

  35. Udontknowme Says...

    On June 21, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    The Death Cap Contains deadly peptide toxins that cause rapid loss of bodily fluids and intense thirst. Within 6 hours, the poison shuts down the kidneys, liver, and central nervous system, causing coma and — in more than 50% of cases — Death.

  36. Md. Iqbal Hosen Says...

    On June 27, 2010 at 8:34 am

    I\’ve got some Clarkeinda trachodes from Bangladesh. I know it is rare collection throughout the world. Can you help me to provide some articles about that.

    Kind regards
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    Dhaka, Bangladesh

  37. Hazelwood4 Says...

    On February 13, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    Interesting article my friend.

  38. eddiego65 Says...

    On February 18, 2011 at 6:56 am

    Interesting, bro.

  39. W vandevijver Says...

    On February 24, 2011 at 1:53 am

    nice article, can you be of any help of identification of mushrooms from Philippines ???if so my email ;jules1949@yahoo.com

  40. Lhun Says...

    On February 24, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    Nice, its good to know your enemy! You forgot the very common, and widely distributed “Galerina autumnalis”. It contains the same toxins as the Amanita species you listed. It is also often consumed, mostly because it resembles a few Psilocybe species. Same color and habitat, similar stature as well. But differences in bruising and annulus can lead to positive identification if your careful. Kids eat them by mistake trying to get high, and sometimes end up dead instead.

  41. isaac Says...

    On March 4, 2011 at 11:23 am

    false morels looks like brain

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