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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]
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(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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Developmental morphology of stem galls of Diplolepis nodulosa (Hymenoptera: Cynipidac) and those modified by the inquiline Periclistus pirata (Hymenoptera: Cynipidae) on Rosa blanda (Rosaceae).
For Restinga areas, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), Maia and Azevedo (2009) verified that the great majority of micro-hymenoptera was parasitoid, but some of them, for example Tanaostigmatidae and few species of Torymidae and Eulophidae were inquilines of galls.
Crawley, "Parasitoid and inquiline attack in the galls of four alien, cynipid gall wasps: Host switches and the effect on parasitoid sex ratios," Ecological Entomology, vol.
Resource and top-predator regulation in the pitcher plant (Sarracenia purpurea) inquiline community.
All six lineages are highly distinct according to multiple classes of molecular markers (Helms Cahan and Keller, 2003; Anderson et al., 2006; Schwander et al., 2007), suggesting that successful invasion of colonies by the inquiline parasite may be influenced by host-parasite relatedness.
Role of Periclistus (Hymenoptera: Cynipidae) inquilines in leaf galls of Diplolepis (Hymenoptera: Cynipidae) on wild roses in Canada.
Breakdown and digestion of prey is accomplished primarily by a variety of microbial and invertebrate inquilines living inside the pitchers (Addicott 1974, Bradshaw 1983, Istock et al.
Most species make their own galls, but a number of species are inquilines: they cannot form galls and instead develop inside those of other species, usually killing the host wasps.
They live in flowers or achenes, as inquilines in abandoned galls of other cecidomyiids, or in association with fungi (Gagne 1994; Gagne & Jaschhof 2017).