epizoic


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epizoic

 [ep″ĭ-zo´ik]
pertaining to or caused by an epizoon.

ep·i·zo·ic

(ep'i-zō'ik),
Living as a parasite on the skin surface.

epizoic

(ĕp′ĭ-zō′ĭk)
adj.
Living or growing on the external surface of an animal.

ep′i·zo′ism n.

ep·i·zo·ic

(ep'i-zō'ik)
Living as a parasite on the skin surface.

epizoic

  1. (of an organism) living attached to the outside of the body of an animal.
  2. (of fruits or seeds) having a dispersal mechanism which results from their being attached to the exterior of an animal.

epizoic

pertaining to or caused by an epizoon.
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On a per-unit-area basis, approximately 80% of the bacteria within the commercial shellfish bed was associated with the epizoic barnacles.
Our results call for a more extensive monitoring of the benthic community living on commercial shellfish beds to evaluate and quantify the pathogen flux between epizoic species and bivalve shellfish during standard commercial handling procedures.
Our study also suggests that not all bacterial species are preferentially accumulated by epizoic barnacles respective to their mussel counterparts, and a degree of site specificity exists, highlighting the need for individual assessments of shellfish harvesting areas.
If bacteria are accumulated in important quantities in epizoic organisms, it is important to understand the process that leads to their ingestion.
Overall, 12,360 observations were made on 521,898 individuals from 15 taxa of megafaunal, structure-forming invertebrates; during these observations, estimates of size and incidence of epizoic animals on 9105 sponges, black corals, and gorgonians were made (Table 2).