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Did You Know? Lichens Are Part Fungi!

Updated: Oct 21, 2023

Did you know that lichens are not single organisms but a pairing of algal cells and fungi?

Lichens are the product of a “symbiotic relationship,” meaning that the two benefit from one another, and in this particular case they depend on each other for survival.

The cups you see here (called "apothecia") represent the fungal portion of the lichen.

Like fungi, lichens use spores to replicate, and these little spore-producing fungal cups aid in the lichen’s reproduction!

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