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.
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. As animals feed on fungi, they spread the spores (similar to seeds) to other locations.
Ground-living animals eat fungi. These include rodents, such as rats, mice, and ground-squirrels. Ungulates eat mushrooms. Ungulates are hoofed mammals. These include deer and pigs.
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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