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Lycogala epidendron, Wolf's Milk Slime
 
WHEN IS A FUNGUS NOT A FUNGUS?
When it's a slime-mould! Slime-moulds had biologists fooled for a while. Most often seen as yellow masses on moist rotting wood in the shade, they have a lifestyle, habitat, and life cycle just like the fungi, and they produce spores. But a closer look reveals that slime-moulds do not consist of hyphae. Their bodies are formed of amoeboid cells and these assimilative bodies do not have cell walls. The spores produced are encased in walls of cellulose; those of fungi is of chitin or other polysaccharide.

We now know slime-moulds are not related to the fungi—they are placed in a protozoan division (phylum) known as the Myxostelida—but because they are still included in many fungus field guides, we have included them on this website.

Other fungi such as the Oomycota that includes Phytophthora, are also not "true fungi".
 
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