Endogonales is an order of fungi within the class of Zygomycota. It contains only one family, Endogonaceae, with four genera.
Distinguished by their production of small sporocarps
containing many zygospores
, which are eaten by rodents and distributed by their feces.
They also produce a fetid odor that attracts mammals and encourages them to eat their fruiting bodies, and so spread their spores.
Like all fungi, they are heterotrophs
with some being described as saprobes
(with weak evidence), while others are ectomycorrhizal
(are the only members of the Zygomycota to do so).
- C.J. Alexopolous, Charles W. Mims, M. Blackwell et al., Introductory Mycology, 4th ed. (John Wiley and Sons, Hoboken NJ, 2004) ISBN 0-471-52229-5