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The Ascomycota are the largest group of fungi, with over 32,000 species. They can be identified by their possession of the ascus, a pod-like container of spores and can also reproduce asexually by segmentation of the hyphae to form conidiospores. Most are mycorrhizal and almost half of the known species form lichens. They range from single cell yeasts through moulds, like Penicillium, to the morels and truffles with their large fruiting bodies.
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Basidiomycota is a phylum in the kingdom Fungi. The characteristic reproductive body is the basidium, the truncheon-like bearer of spores. The basidia are contained in an intricate supporting structure as seen in the mushroom or puffball. Most of the familiar mushrooms and toadstools are included in this phylum, along with bracket fungi, jelly fungi, smuts and rusts.
Please only submit sites to do with Fungi in the phylum Chytridiomycota here. This could include photographs or other images of fungi, information about their appearance, structure, morphology, phylogeny, habitat, life cycle, taxonomy or classification.
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.
The fungi are traditionally classified according to the micro-anatomy of their fruiting bodies, the familiar mushrooms and toadstools. However there are some species that are only known to reproduce asexually and so never form a fruiting body, making it difficult to classify them. These include about 25,000 species and are often given the group name Deuteromycota or the Fungi Imperfecti. Members of this group may be assigned to their proper place in the classification system when more information becomes available.
Please only submit sites to do with Fungi in the phylum Glomeromycota here. This could include photographs or other images of fungi, information about their appearance, structure, morphology, phylogeny, habitat, life cycle, taxonomy or classification.
Glomeromycota is one of six recognized phyla within the kingdom Fungi. It includes 150 described species most of which are entirely epigeous (underground) and form arbuscules in the roots of plants. They are dependent on energy obtained through a symbiotic relationship with plants known as an arbuscular mycorrhiza.
Please only submit sites to do with lichens here. This could include photographs or other images of lichens, information about their appearance, structure, morphology, phylogeny, habitat, life cycle, taxonomy or classification.
Lichens are fungi which form a symbiotic partnership with either green algae (Chlorophycophyta) or blue-green algae (Cyanobacteria). Most of the lichenised fungi are from the phylum Ascomycota but some are from the phylum Basidiomycota.
Phylum of anaerobic fungi, found mainly within the stomachs of ruminants.
Please only submit sites to do with Fungi classified as Zygomycota here. This could include photographs or other images of fungi, information about their appearance, structure, morphology, phylogeny, habitat, life cycle, taxonomy or classification.
The Zygomycota are a group of fungi, the pin moulds and others, with about 1000 species. They can be identified by the fact that their hyphae are not divided by septa and that their spores are produced inside sporangia, which are held aloft on special hyphae called sporangiophores. There are two classes, the smaller, Trichomycetes, being parasites or commensals inside the guts of living arthropods. The larger class, Zygomycetes, with about 900 species, are moulds, with many being parasites of nematodes, protists and insects. Many zygomycotes are mycorrhizal and form symbiotic relationships with plants, where branches of the hyphae form intricate structures within the root cells of the host.
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