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Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Fungi
Order: Endogonales
Moreau ex R.K. Benj
Family: Endogonaceae

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Endogonales is an order of fungi within the phylum of Zygomycota. It contains only one family, Endogonaceae, with four genera and 27 species.[1]

Life cycle[edit]

The life cycle of the Engogonales is distinguished by their production of small sporocarps containing many zygospores, which are eaten by rodents and distributed by their feces.

They also produce a fetid odor that attracts mammals and encourages them to eat their fruiting bodies, and so spread their spores.[2]


Like all fungi, they are heterotrophs with some being described as saprobes (with weak evidence).[2]


  1. ^ Kirk PM, Cannon PF, Minter DW, Stalpers JA (2008). Dictionary of the Fungi (10th ed.). Wallingford: CABI. p. 233. ISBN 978-0-85199-826-8. 
  2. ^ a b C.J. Alexopolous, Charles W. Mims, M. Blackwell et al., Introductory Mycology, 4th ed. (John Wiley and Sons, Hoboken NJ, 2004) ISBN 0-471-52229-5