The Chytridiomycota are a group of fungi with about 100 genera. Members of the phylum are simple in form, their hyphae lacking septa, and with simple fruiting bodies. Chytrids produce motile gametes which distinguish them from other fungi. They mainly live in fresh water but some live in the soil, some in the guts of herbivores, some are saprobes and others parasites on nematodes, insects, plants or other fungi.
Chytrid Fungus and Chytridiomycosis
Information on the newly discovered fungus, Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis, which is devastating populations of amphibia around the world.
Information from Wikipedia on the classification of this division of the kingdom Fungi whose members mostly live in water and are able to metabolise chitin and keratin.
Chytridiomycota: 14 Clades of Flagellated Fungi
Paper on the molecular phylogeny of Chytridiomycota with a description of a new phylum, the Blastocladiomycota. [PDF]
Photographs of lesions caused by this chytridiomycete fungus and magnified images of sporangia.
Simple Fungi: Phyla Chytridiomycota and Oomycota
Illustrated outline of the classification and economic significance of the Chytridiomycota and Oomycota.
Information from Wikipedia on this chytrid fungus that causes potato wart disease, its systematics, morphology, life cycle and ecology.
Photographs of ribwort plantain infected by this chytrid and magnified images of the spores.
Photographs of devil’s bit scabious infected by this chytrid and magnified images of the spores.
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