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Ascomycota vs. Basidiomycota — What's the Difference?

Ascomycota vs. Basidiomycota — What's the Difference?

Difference Between Ascomycota and Basidiomycota

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Ascomycota

Ascomycota is a phylum of the kingdom Fungi that, together with the Basidiomycota, forms the subkingdom Dikarya. Its members are commonly known as the sac fungi or ascomycetes.

Basidiomycota

Basidiomycota () is one of two large divisions that, together with the Ascomycota, constitute the subkingdom Dikarya (often referred to as the "higher fungi") within the kingdom Fungi. Members are known as Basidiomycetes.

Ascomycota

A phylum of higher fungi, coextensive with the class Ascomycetes. It comprises Hemiascomycetes; Plectomycetes; Pyrenomycetes; Discomycetessac fungi; in some classification systems it is considered a division of the kingdom Fungi.

Basidiomycota

A large subdivision of the kingdom Fungi coextensive with the phylum Basidiomycetes, characterized by having the spores borne on a basidium. It embraces those fungi best known to the public, such as mushrooms, toadstools, etc. Among the classes of the Basidiomycota are: Gasteromycetes (puffballs); Tiliomycetes (comprising the orders Ustilaginales (smuts) and Uredinales (rusts)); and Hymenomycetes (mushrooms; toadstools; agarics; bracket fungi).

Ascomycota

A large subdivision of Eumycota including Hemiascomycetes and Plectomycetes and Pyrenomycetes and Discomycetes; sac fungi; in some classification systems considered a division of the kingdom Fungi
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Basidiomycota

Comprises fungi bearing the spores on a basidium; includes Gasteromycetes (puffballs) and Tiliomycetes comprising the orders Ustilaginales (smuts) and Uredinales (rusts) and Hymenomycetes (mushrooms, toadstools, agarics and bracket fungi); in some classification systems considered a division of kingdom Fungi

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