Somatic hyphae

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The lifestage at which a fungus lives, grows, and develops, gathering nutrients and energy.

The fungi uses this stage to proliferate itself through asexually created mitotic spores.

Cycles through somatic hyphae, zoosporangium, zoospores, encystation & germination, and back to somatic hyphae.


  • C.J. Alexopolous, Charles W. Mims, M. Blackwell, Introductory Mycology, 4th ed. (John Wiley and Sons, Hoboken NJ, 2004) ISBN 0-471-52229-5