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The life cycle of a fungus has an alternation of generations, unlike animals, but similar to plants. Hypholoma fasciculare, like other fungi in the basidiomycota phylum, reproduce through the use of their sexual spores. Unlike other fungi groups, the H. fasciculare have no asexual spores. Because there are no asexual spores, this means that the spores are formed by meiosis instead of mitosis. The sexual spores that are produced are formed externally in structures called basidia, which form on the gills of the mushroom. Each basidium is a club-shaped structure based solely on surface area! This increased surface area makes it possible for the fungi to produce huge numbers of spores.
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Fungi have an alternation of generations in reproduction, which means that fungus's life cycles switch back and forth. This is similar to plants in the way that plants switch between haploid and diploid stages. In fungi, however, the two stages it switches between are haploid and dikaryon phases.

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