The Tree of Life Cladogram
Fungi

CHARACTERISTICS: cell walls have a tough semi-transparent substance called chitin (chitin is also found in external skeletons and insects); have tiny root-like extensions, called hyphae, which secrete enzymes for digesting the remains of plants and animals
KNOWN SPECIES: 123,126
SIZE RANGE: less than .04 inches to .06 sq. miles (1 millimeter to 15 hectares)
WHERE THEY LIVE: everywhere, but mostly on land; on or in dead and living things


Here are just SOME of the world's fungi: Hygroscopic earthstar
Photos are not actual size! Giant puffball
Hygroscopic earthstar Jelly bellies
Witch's butter
Turkey tails
Woolly chanterelle
Penicillium
The Sickener
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Giant puffball Penicillium