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The Fungi Kingdom: Common Characteristics
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The Fungi Kingdom: Common Characteristics

What living organisms are neither plant, animal, nor bacteria and range tremendously in size? Fungi!

Millions of fungus species make up their own kingdom. Say “funge-eye” and find out the fascinating characteristics of their four groups. You wouldn’t want any fungi as a pet, but they shared a common ancestor in the animal kingdom long, long, long ago.

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