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in·qui·line

(in'kwi-līn, -lin),
An animal that lives habitually in the abode of some other species (an oyster crab within the shell of an oyster) causing little or no inconvenience to the host.
See also: commensal.
[L. inquilinus, an inhabitant of a place that is not his own, fr. in, in, + colo, to inhabit]

inquiline

(ĭn′kwə-līn′, -lĭn, ĭng′-)
n.
An animal that characteristically lives commensally in the nest, burrow, or dwelling place of an animal of another species.
adj.
Being or living as an inquiline.

in′qui·lin·ism (-lə-nĭz′əm), in′qui·lin′i·ty (-lĭn′ĭ-tē) n.
in′qui·lin′ous (-lī′nəs) adj.
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Small-scale patterns in community structure of Sarracenia purpurea inquilines.
Dispersal rates affect species composition in meta-communities of Sarracenia purpurea inquilines.
MATERIALS AND METHODS--Including data presented in this paper, there are 16 known sites that contain hosts of the inquiline parasites P.
Similar to interacting pairs of lineages, inquiline parasites cannot produce a worker caste by mating within their own lineage.
Distribution and natural history of the workerless inquiline ant Pogonomyrmex anergismus Cole (Hymenoptera: Formicidae).
Studies of the biology of a symbiosis between the eastern oyster (Crassostrea virginica Gmelin) and an inquiline cnidarian, Eutima sp.
quercuslaurina, and therefore the gall grows at the end points, at which new chambers form in which the inquiline develops alone.
It shares a number of character states with the mature larvae of the inquiline cynipids (tribe Synergini) (Nieves-Aldrey et al.
Gallwasps (Cynipidae) are divided into 2 main trophic groups: the gall inducers and the gall-associated inquilines, which together make up 8 tribes (Liljeblad et al.
Inquiline ants tend to be host-specific, exploiting a single host, or a few very closely related hosts (Holldobler & Wilson 1990).
It is rare for an inquiline ant to be so distantly related to its host, but there is a relevant example in Oxyepoecus, a genus related to Solenopsis, with hosts in both Pheidole and Solenopsis (Holldobler & Wilson 1990).
NUMBERS OF GALLING INSECTS (HYMENOPTERA), OTHER INSECTS, NATURAL ENEMIES, AND INQUILINES PER TREE OF CARYDCAR BRASILIENSE AT MONTES CLAROS, MINAS GERAIS STATE, BRAZIL, DURING AUTUMN 2008 TO AUTUMN 2011.