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Most fungi are microscopic most of the time, but some have fruiting bodies large enough to be easily observed. The most widely known of the fungi are the mushrooms ("toad stool" is a popular term for some mushrooms). A fungus, like an animal, must depend on other living things for its food. Those which get their food from live organisms are called parasites, and those which get their food from dead organisms are called saprophytes. Fungi have a very important part in the decay (rot) of organic matter (dead organisms), and the recycling of nutrients.

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