Fungi, Protists, and Monerans
This lesson introduces the student to fungi, protists, and monerans.
• To be able to identify the some of the key differences of the kingdoms.
To be able to describe the functions of some members of the kingdoms.
Fungi (which is the plural form of the word fungus) were originally believed to be part of the plant kingdom since they have cell walls and produce spores. Fungi were separated into a distinct kingdom because it was discovered that fungi get their energy from living on dead plants and animals, which is very different from the way plants receive their energy. For example, mushrooms are created by colonies of fungi. These colonies feed on plant material, like decaying trees. Sometimes, these colonies sprout a mushroom.