Would you eat this mushroom?
Now that's an interesting mushroom! In fact, fungi can be some of the most colorful species. And protists can be some of the most interesting. These two kingdoms which have some of the most diverse members are the first two eukaryotic kingdoms we discuss in the Protists and Fungi chapter.
This quintessential toadstool, the fly agaric or fly Amanita, is a poisonous and psychoactive fungus. It has a large white-gilled, white-spotted, usually deep red mushroom, and it is one of the most recognizable and widely encountered in popular culture. You should not eat it.
Protists and Fungi discusses these two types of eukaryotic organisms. What do they have in common? Protists are the earliest eukaryotes, and this kingdom contains some of the simplest eukaryotes. Many are single-celled organisms. Protists consist of animal-like, plant-like, and fungus-like species. Protists evolved into the other three types of eukaryotes, including fungi. Other than that, these two types of eukaryotes are very different. Fungi are eukaryotic organisms that cannot make their own food and do not "eat." They must absorb their nutrients, usually from decaying organisms.