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5.      What is the difference between true parasitism and social parasitism?

 

Apr 14th, 2015

parasitism is a type of symbisis that may be defined as an inter specific association in which one species, the parasite, lives on or in a second species, the host, for a significant period of its life, exploiting the host, such as to obtain nourishment, shelter, and/or protection. The one organism, usually the physically smaller of the two (the parasite) benefits and the other (the host) is harmed. This relationship can be loose or mostly intimate, and for the parasite, it is usually obligatory. (Various forms of "social parasitism," kleptoparasitism, and "cheating parasitism," as discussed below, are characterized by a less close association between parasite and host, however .] while

Social parasites exploit the brood care behavior of another species and exert strong selection

pressures on their hosts.

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