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Fungi & Slime Molds

Above: 1: Ceriodaphnia (Animalia). 2: Salpingoeca (Choanoflagellates). 3: Nuclearia (Cristidiscoidea). 4: mushroom (Fungi). 5: Macaca (Animalia). 6: Allomyces (Fungi).

  • Single flagellum (uni-kont) is visible (e.g. ancient fungi)
  • Amoeba- or algal-like with no flagella (e.g. derived fungi)
Geologic Age: Possibly 1.2 billion year ago
Above: Phylogeny of Life

Unikonta - single-flagellum organisms (=uni-konts)
Amoebozoa - amoeba-like organisms 
  Mycetozoa - slime molds
Opisthokonta - fungi, animals, and others 
  Chytridiomycota - Chytrids 
  Zygomycota - Sugar Molds
  Basidiomycota - Club Fungi
  Ascomycota - Sac Fungi
  ?-Incertae Sedis - Unclassified 
  ?-Lichens, Yeasts, Conidial Fungi, & Mycorrhizae 

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Questions for Thought:
  • What are some common plant diseases caused by chytrids? 
  • What do the terms monokaryotic and dikaryotic mean, and how do they relate to the fungal life cycle? 
  • Derived fungi have a haplontic life cycle. Where and when could you find a diploid cell?
  • What are mycorrhizae, and how does this relate to mushrooms you may find around a tree?
Subpages (2): Fungi Slime Molds
Jamie Boyer,
May 13, 2013, 1:05 PM