The fruiting bodies of fungi contain spores, which are dispersed for reproduction. Mushrooms are a familiar example of a fruiting body. They are formed from hyphae, the tiny threads that make up the bulk of most fungi. A network of hyphae, known as a mycelium, extends in all directions through the soil. This diagram shows how the mycelium grows above the soil, developing into the stalk, cap and gills. Spores are produced on the gills.
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Pen and ink drawing by Bruce Mahalski
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