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A fungus, some fungi

Posted: Fri May 29, 2015 8:02 am
by adampembs
Many regulars cringe when people say "a fungi." This is wrong wrong wrong! An individual is a fungus, fungi is the plural. It's as bad as say "a cows."

An individual fungus typically consists of a network of fibres under the ground, in the wood, or other substrate. It is there growing, usually hidden to our eyes. The biggest can cover an area of several square miles and can live for thousands of years. For a short period of the year, it produces its fruiting bodies: mushrooms or toadstools. If you see a group of these, you are seeing "one fungus" with many fruiting bodies. However, if there is more than one species, you are seeing some fungi.

So, it's

a fungus [singular]
some fungi [plural]


Here is an article in Scientific American describing the largest and one of the oldest lifeforms on the planet https://www.scientificamerican.com/arti ... is-fungus/

Re: A fungus, some fungi

Posted: Fri Aug 07, 2015 6:14 pm
by adampembs
Leif wrote: You might wish to edit the original post, then delete this one? :) Psst, where have the smiley face symbols gone? Have they been taken away and summarily executed? Something has gone wrong with the quote mechanism!
Thanks, Leif! Grammar corrected! :D

P.S can't see aught wrong with smilies or quote mechanism.. :?