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fungi : any of a kingdom of saprophytic and parasitic spore-producing eukaryotic typically filamentous organisms formerly classified as plants that lack chlorophyll and include molds, rusts, mildews, smuts, mushrooms, and yeasts — Merriam-Webster   See also   OneLook


Fungi is any member of the group of eukaryotic organisms that includes microorganisms such as yeasts and molds, as well as the more familiar mushrooms. These organisms are classified as a kingdom, separately from the other eukaryotic kingdoms, which by one traditional classification include Plantae, Animalia, Protozoa, and Chromista. A characteristic that places fungi in a different kingdom from plants, bacteria, and some protists is chitin in their cell walls. Fungi, like animals, are heterotrophs; they acquire their food by absorbing dissolved molecules, typically by secreting digestive enzymes into their environment. Fungi do not photosynthesize. Growth is their means of mobility, except for spores (a few of which are flagellated), which may travel through the air or water. Fungi are the principal decomposers in ecological systems. — Wikipedia

Fungi (Encyclopædia Britannica)
Fungi (Biology Online)

Fungi (Tree of Life)
Fungi (One Zoom)
Fungi (Catalogue of Life)
Fungi (WolframAlpha)

Index Fungorum (Index Fungorum Partnership)



Talks about Fungi (TED: Ideas Worth Spreading)
Articles about Fungi (Big Think)




Mycology is the branch of biology concerned with the study of fungi, including their genetic and biochemical properties, their taxonomy and their use to humans, including as a source for tinder, traditional medicine, food, and entheogens, as well as their dangers, such as toxicity or infection. Mycology branches into the field of phytopathology, the study of plant diseases, and the two disciplines remain closely related because the vast majority of plant pathogens are fungi. — Wikipedia

Mycology (Encyclopædia Britannica)
Mycology (Biology Online)




DDC: 579.5 Fungi (Library Thing)
Subject: Fungi (Library Thing)

Subject: Fungi (Open Library)

LCC: QK 600 Fungi (UPenn Online Books)
Subject: Fungi (UPenn Online Books)

LCC: QK 600 Fungi (Library of Congress)
Subject: Fungi (Library of Congress)

Subject: Fungi (WorldCat)




Fungi (Biology4Kids)

MERLOT: Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching
OER Commons: Open Educational Resources



Microbiologists (US Occupational Outlook Handbook)


Microbiology Society
American Society for Microbiology


Fungi (bioRxiv: Preprint Server for Biology, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory)
Microorganism (EurekaAlert, American Association for the Advancement of Science)
Fungus (Science Daily)
Fungi (Science News)
Fungi (
Fungi (NPR Archives)

Fungi (JSTOR)
Mycology (JSTOR)


Division of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (National Institutes of Health)
Microbiology Lab (National Science Foundation)


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Microorganism Virus
Prokaryote Archaea, Bacteria
Eukaryote Protist, Fungi, Algae, Protozoa (Tardigrade)
Plant Flower, Tree
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Cephalopod Cuttlefish, Octopus
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Arachnid Spider, Scorpion
Insect Ant, Bee, Beetle, Butterfly
Fish Seahorse, Ray, Shark
Amphibian Frog, Salamander
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Walrus, Seal, Polar Bear, Bear, Panda, Cat, Tiger, Lion, Dog, Wolf
Cetacean Whale, Dolphin
Primate Monkey, Chimpanzee, Human


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