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Glossary of Terms & Definitions
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COMMENSALISMA symbiotic relationship in which one organism benefits while the other is neither harmed nor benefited.
Examples of commensalism:
Moss growing on trees benefits by being raised above forest floor competition, while the tree doesn't get much out of the deal either way.
A desert holly shrub provides shade for young creosote bush.
A cactus wren builds its nest in a cholla cactus to protect its young from predators such as raven. There is no harm to the cactus.
SYMBIOSISThere are different ways symbiosis can happen - parasitism, commensalism, and mutualism. Most organisms function under a varied combination of all three ...
PARISITISMWhen the mistletoe grows and requires more nutrients than the willow provides, the willow tree dies. Also see: COMMENSALISM, MUTUALISM, SYMBIOTIC ...
MUTUALISM... to host trees ensuring survival of both the mistletoe and the phainopepla. Also see: COMMENSALISM, PARASITISM, SYMBIOTIC,, Mutualism occurs when this ...
SYMBIOTICrefers to the intimate relationship between two organisms often resulting in mutualism (win-win), parasitism (win-lose), or commensalism (win-no ...
A Mojave fringe-toed lizard living in an abandoned rat hole, the lizard benefits from shelter, while the rat has moved on.