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Commensalism

Commensalism is a type of relationship between individuals of two species, in which one species obtains benefits while the other (host) is unharmed or unaffected.

The commensal, regarded as the species that benefits from the association, might get benefit in the form of locomotion, shelter, support, or nutrients from the host species.  

Commensalism Examples

Now, we are going to discuss some examples of this relation.

1. Remora (Family Echineidae) & Shark

Remora & Shark - Commensalism Example
Remora & Shark (Source)

Remora rides sharks and other fishes. They have evolved to adheres its body to that of their hosts.

Both pilots fish and remoras prey on the leftovers of their hosts’ meals.

2. Egret(Ardea Alba) & Buffalo

Great Egret & Buffalo - Commensalism Example
Great Egret & Buffalo (Source)

It preys on insects turned up by grazing mammals.

3. Various fleas, lice, and louse flies are commensals, they feed harmlessly on bird’s feathers or on sloughed-off flakes of skin from mammals.

FAQs

What is Commensalism?

It is a type of relation between individuals of two species, in which one species obtains benefits while the other(host) is unharmed or unaffected.

What are the four types of interactions?

The four types of interaction are;
1. Mutualism
2. Commensalism
3. Competition
4. Predation

What type of interaction is Commensalism?

It is a type of interaction in which one species is benefited while the other is unaffected. It can be expressed as (+, o) type of relation.

What are some Commensalism examples?

Some of the examples are Remora & Shark, Great Egret & Buffalo, etc.

Related Topics:
1. Amensalism

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