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Chapter 6: Protists and Fungi

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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 are the first two eukaryotic kingdoms we discuss, and they have some of the most diverse members.

But this mushroom? Probably not a good idea to eat. This is a poisonous and psychoactive fungus. With its large, white-gilled, white-spotted, usually deep red appearance, it is one of the most recognizable and widely encountered mushrooms in popular culture. However, you shouldn't eat it!

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Protists and Fungi are 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.

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