A topic that always comes abroad during your biology class is fungal sex (well maybe not, yet it’s interesting), so when it comes to talk about fungi gender it might get a little bit tricky, but don’t worry! We are here to help you understand!
Contrary to humans in which there are men and there are women from a strictly reproductive point of view, among fungi, any individual con donate or receive genetic material, and hence either be a daddy or a mommy.
Some fungi only have two mating types (bipolar), some have four or more possible mating types (tetrapolar) and a few fungi, for instance Schizophyllum commune, have more than ten thousand mating types!
So this type of fungus can pretty much mate with any other fungi he/she wants, since everyone can be a potential mate!
So next time you think of yourself as a great “player” remember that some fungi can get a lot more action and fun than you.