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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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An inquiline species of the family Curculionidae was found in several galls (n=48, 1-3 individuals per gall), either as larvae, pupae or even adults (Fig.
Resource and top-predator regulation in the pitcher plant (Sarracenia purpurea) inquiline community.
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.
purpurea pitchers (Cochran-Stafira 1993, Harvey and Miller, 1996), we cannot claim to fully understand all the possible interactions among pitcher inquilines.
Ronqvist (1994) rigorously tested tree structure to confirm that the inquilines are monophyletic.
dyscherus available for use and reused by inquilines can be observed in the Fig.
For at least two of these inquilines (the pitcher-plant mosquito Wyeomyia smithii Coquillet and the pitcher-plant midge Metriocnemus knabi Coquillet) the availability of captured prey limits individual growth, and ultimately population growth (Heard, 1994b) and may indirectly influence oviposition behavior (Heard, 1994a).
The inquilines cannot induce galls therapies; instead they develop inside the galls of other cynipids.
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.
In the Hymenoptera there are three types of social parasites in which the brood are raised by host workers: temporary social parasites, slave-makers (dulotics), and inquilines or permanent social parasites.