A fungus is a member of the eukaryotic organisms group that includes microorganisms such as yeasts and molds. The mushrooms we are familiar with also falls under this category. All mushrooms are fungi, but not all fungi produce mushrooms.
There are many more types of fungi than the pale umbrella-shaped variety that most of us know. Not all mushrooms or fungi are edible. Some are extremely poisonous.
Fungi come in different shapes, sizes, textures, and colors. There are glowing, fuzzy, and transparent looking fungi.
Fungi customarily classified into four categories: the Chytridiomycota (chytrids), Ascomycota (yeasts and sac fungi), Zygomycota (bread molds), and the Basidiomycota (club fungi)
Fungi are found on land, in the air, in water, even in plants and animals. They vary in size from microscopically. There are way more than 100,000 different identified species of fungi.
Many of the photographs of the fungi below look absolutely out of this world. These below look like they belong in a fairy tale.
An interesting fact – The fungi kingdom is more related to the animal than the plant kingdom.