Story: Fungi

Classification of living organisms

Fungi are such a distinct group that they are classified into their own kingdom, quite separate from plants, animals and bacteria. Like animals and plants, fungi are eukaryotes, a group whose cells have a nucleus and organelles (structures with special functions). But unlike plants, fungi cannot make their own food, and most have cell walls made of chitin (a horny material found in insect skeletons).

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Peter Buchanan, 'Fungi - What are fungi?', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 14 April 2024)

Story by Peter Buchanan, published 24 Sep 2007