Pleurotoid fungi

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Gilled fungi with laterally-attached fruiting bodies are said to be pleurotoid (Gr.: pleurē + ōtos + -oid, literally "side-ear form" or "having the likeness of Pleurotus ssp."). Pleurotoid fungi are typically wood-decay fungi and are found on dead and dying trees and coarse woody debris. The pleurotoid form is polyphyletic, having evolved a number of times within the Basidiomycota.[1] Many species of pleurotoid fungi are commonly referred to as "oyster" mushrooms.[2] Laterally-attached fungi with pores rather than gills are referred to as bracket fungi.


Tectella operculata





  1. ^ Thorn, R.G.; et al. (2000). "Phylogenetic analyses and the distribution of nematophagy support monophyletic Pleurotaceae within the polyphyletic pleurotoid-lentinoid fungi". Mycologia. Mycologia, Vol. 92, No. 2. 92 (2): 241–252. doi:10.2307/3761557. JSTOR 3761557.
  2. ^ Kuo, M. (February 2005). "Oysters: Pleurotoid mushrooms". Retrieved 2011-04-08.

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