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Hyphae
 
FUNGAL FORM
We seldom see most of the living parts of a fungus. They lie concealed beneath the surface of its substrate—the soil, a tree, a loaf of bread, or an orange. All fungi—a mould, yeast, mushroom, or a relative—is a mass of fine, branching threads or tubes, called hyphae (singular: hypha), forever spreading outwards in their quest for food.

The whole diffuse mass of hyphae is called a thallus or mycelium (plural: thalli, mycelia). Unlike a plant or animal, the body of a fungus is not divided into tissues or organs such as leaves, roots, or a nervous system .
 
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