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symbiosis, symbioses, symbiotic

Ant-Aphid symbiosis - Formica glacialis Pseudoscorpion taking a ride Water Mite Larvae on Damselfly - Arrenurus Which Entylia? - Entylia carinata
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
No Taxon (Glossary)
No Taxon (S)
No Taxon symbiosis, symbioses, symbiotic
Explanation of Names
From Greek: sym (συμ) with, and biosis (βιοσις) living.
symbiosis noun, plural symbioses, adjective symbiotic - a close and often long-term interaction between different species, i.e., "the living together of unlike organisms". Types of symbiosis are:
mutualism (both organisms benefit)
commensalism (one organism benefits and the other is neither significantly harmed nor derived significant benefit)
parasitism (one organism, the parasite, benefits at the expense of the other, the host)
Note that in common usage, symbiosis tends to refer to mutualism or commensalism, as opposed to parasitism.
Internet References
Marietta College Biology Department--Symbiosis