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(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]


(ĭn′kwə-līn′, -lĭn, ĭng′-)
An animal that characteristically lives commensally in the nest, burrow, or dwelling place of an animal of another species.
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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MATERIALS AND METHODS--Including data presented in this paper, there are 16 known sites that contain hosts of the inquiline parasites P.
Studies of the biology of a symbiosis between the eastern oyster (Crassostrea virginica Gmelin) and an inquiline cnidarian, Eutima sp.
Rarely do inhabitants of galls remaining on host plants survive the winter, but in this case adults of Periclistus inquilines and parasitoids emerged from both galls in the litter and galls on the plant.
Variance in composisiton of inquiline communities in leaves of Sarracenia purpurea L.
Even at the most uncertain node (the ancestor common to the inquiline clade and the gall-inducing Diastrophus) gall induction has 17 times more support than inquilinism.
This seems logic, as the inquiline exploits the gall wall and has a certain requirement of space.
Askew (1984) considered the inquilines an artificial, polyphyetic group, and Gauld and Bolton (1988) suggested that each inquiline evolved from its host.
Mealybugs are also a common inquiline inside galls produced by Gynaikothrips and may be a source of honeydew for T.