• Fungi used to be classified as plants.
  • Now, they are known to have unique traits that set them apart from plants.
  • For example, fungal cell walls contain chitin, not cellulose, and fungi absorb food rather than make their own.
  • These are just a few of the reasons fungi are now placed in their own kingdom.
  • There is no single, widely-accepted system of fungal classification.
  • Most classifications include several phyla (the next major taxon below the kingdom) Three of the most common phyla are compared in Table below.
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