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Fungi
Temporal range: Early DevonianPresent 410–0 Ma
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Scientific classification e
(unranked): Unikonta
(unranked): Obazoa
(unranked): Opisthokonta
Kinrick: Fungi
(L.) R.T.Moore[1]
Subkingdoms/Phyla/Subphyla[2]
Blastocladiomycota
Chytridiomycota
Glomeromycota
Microsporidia
Neocallimastigomycota

Dikarya (inc. Deuteromycota)

Ascomycota
Pezizomycotina
Saccharomycotina
Taphrinomycotina
Basidiomycota
Agaricomycotina
Pucciniomycotina
Ustilaginomycotina

Subphyla incertae sedis

Entomophthoromycotina
Kickxellomycotina
Mucoromycotina
Zoopagomycotina

A fungus (/ˈfʌŋɡəs/; plural: fungi[3] or funguses[4]) is a member o a lairge group o eukaryotic organisms that includes microorganisms such as baurms an moulds, as well as the mair familiar mushruims. These organisms are clessifee'd as a kinrick, Fungi, which is separate frae plants, animals, protists an bacteria. Ane major difference is that fungal cells hae cell walls that contain chitin, unlik the cell waws o plants an some protists, which contain cellulose, an unlik the cell waws o bacteria. These an ither differences shaw that the fungi furm a single group o relatit organisms, named the Eumycota (true fungi or Eumycetes), that share a common auncestor (is a monophyletic group). This fungal group is distinct frae the structurally seemilar myxomycetes (slime moulds) an oomycetes (watter moulds). The discipline o biology devotit tae the study o fungi is kent as mycology (frae the Greek μύκης, mukēs, meanin "fungus"). Mycology haes eften been regardit as a branch o botany, even tho it is a separate kinrick in biological taxonomy. Genetic studies hae shawn that fungi are mair closely relatit tae ainimals than tae plants.

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  1. Moore RT (1980). "Taxonomic proposals for the classification of marine yeasts and other yeast-like fungi including the smuts". Botanica Marina. 23: 361–373. 
  2. The clessification seestem presentit here is based on the 2007 phylogenetic study bi Hibbett et al.
  3. Listeni/ˈfʌn/ or Listeni/ˈfʌŋɡ/
  4. "Fungus". Oxford Dictionaries. Retrieved 2011-02-26.