Tropical lichen

Tropical lichen

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Credit: DR MORLEY READ/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Tropical lichen. Lichens are formed from a symbiotic association between a fungus and an alga. The alga is contained within the fungus. It is therefore protected from harsh conditions. The alga supplies the fungus with nutrients that it makes by photosynthesis. Photographed in Ecuador.

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Keywords: alga, algae, algal, biological, biology, botanical, botany, close-up, detail, ecuador, ecuadorean, ecuadorian, flora, forest, fungal, fungi, fungus, green, jungle, latin america, lichen, nature, plant, south america, south american, symbiosis, symbiotic, tropical, tropics

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