I am fairly new here, so if there are genuinely useful reasons for keeping Lichen and Fungi together in the same broad organism category, I would appreciated knowing them. Before posting this I did a search of this forum and this topic/request has apparently not yet been raised.
So far, separating them seems to make a great deal of sense, both taxonomically and for practical reasons.
For example, I would like to subscribe to Lichen without receiving the avalanche of Fungi.
I can narrow my search using Lecanoromycetes, as this includes the bulk of lichens (given that scientific classification currently uses the main fungal partner’s name), but this is not as inclusive an approach for the broad groups of users as being able to use “lichen” to search.
Also, in the interests of keeping up to date with the science, lichen are no longer considered to be a type of fungi. In order to discuss them accurately, we need to be able to speak regarding the multiple partners in this symbiotic relationship.
Thanks for listening and I look forward to responses.