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The key differencebetween fungi and lichen is that fungi are simple heterotrophic organisms while lichen is a composite symbiotic organism that forms from algae or cyanobacteria living among filaments of multiple fungi species. They are a lot more than simply mould and mystique. There is a lot more to each of these. If you want to learn more, have a look at the links below. 

BRITISH LICHEN SOCIETY : https://byjus.com/biology/difference-between-fungi-and-lichens/

BYJUS : This has a handy comparion table : https://byjus.com/biology/difference-between-fungi-and-lichens/

MUSHROOM DIARY : A very good overview on mushroom identification : https://www.mushroomdiary.co.uk/mushroom-identification/

VENDATU : https://www.vedantu.com/biology/difference-between-fungi-and-lichens

WIKIDIFF : https://wikidiff.com/fungus/lichen#:~:text=fungus%20%7C%20lichen%20%7C.%20is%20that%20fungus%20is,white%20or%20yellow%20patches%20on%20old%20walls%2C%20etc.

WOODLAND TRUST : https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/trees-woods-and-wildlife/fungi-and-lichens/


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