The current methods of classifiying lichen species should be changed.
Lichens are products of a symbiotic relationship between fungi and another organism, but only the fungi is named in today's classification
Two lichens with the same fungal component and different photobiont components may have different properties but same classification
The current classification system has been accepted for over a century
Long-term acceptance of a system does not make it valid.
Transition could be difficult, akin to changing from British to metric units
"What is a lichen?" Australian National Botanical Gardens.
Phylogeny should not classify lichens, as they do not have a natural line of descent
Lichens are products of symbiotic relationships and may have markedly different characteristics than either symbiont
Holt, Jack. "The Lichens." Susquehanna University.
Lichens may be "ecologically meaningful but not phylogenetically meaningful"
"Multiple Origins of Lichen Symbioses in Fungi Suggested by SSU rONA Phylogeny." Science, Vol. 268. Page 1494.
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