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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