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Tooth fungi

        Tooth fungi vary considerably in shape, but they all have projecting spines or "teeth" upon which the spores are produced. Tooth fungi actually comprise a heterogeneous group of species that are not necessarily closely related. A few species are similar in overall form to an agaric or chanterelle, whereas others have a shape that is more difficult to characterize. Some tooth fungi, those that somewhat resemble agarics or chanterelles, form mycorrhizal associations with forest trees, but most are decomposers of wood and have a fruiting body that consists of a flat crust from which the "teeth" project.

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