Do animals eat fungi?

Do animals eat fungi? A single one is called a fungus, and many (plural) are called fungi.

Fungi are yeast, moulds, truffles, and mushrooms.

A fungus is not a plant and it is not an animal. Moss is not a fungus. Moss is a plant.

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Fungi live in soil or on tree barks, food, and other organisms, and they do not move (so they are similar to plants). They are sessile.

Birds, mammals, insects, and gastropods (snails) eat fungi. Even humans eat fungi.

Animals that eat only fungi are called fungivores. However, most animals that eat fungi also eat plants, insects, or other animals – and are called omnivores (eating everything).

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Photographer: Martina Nicolls

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