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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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When an inquiline queen takes over an annual host species' colony, it is usually close to the time when sexuals must start being raised.
Pitcher size is a particularly important trait because it has been suggested as an oviposition cue for pitcher plant inquiline insects (Heard, 1994a) and because it has predictive value for several other aspects of pitcher plant and inquiline biology (Kingsolver, 1979; Wolfe, 1981; Paterson and Cameron, 1982; Cresswell, 1993; Heard, 1994a, 1994b).
Regarding the relevant biological features of Synergus filicorniss, this species does not seem a lethal inquiline. However, this possibility cannot be completely ruled out, because although there is no evidence that the inquiline larva kills the inducer (Andricus quercuslaurina), it is possible that- on laying their eggs- the first females of S.
phoretica was published, another species of inquiline Solenopsis was discovered on the island of Dominica in the West Indies.
Androthrips flavipes Schmutz (Insecta: Thysanoptera), a predatory inquiline in thrips galls.
Developmental morphology of stem galls of Diplolepis nodulosa (Hymenoptera: Cynipidac) and those modified by the inquiline Periclistus pirata (Hymenoptera: Cynipidae) on Rosa blanda (Rosaceae).
Inquilines coexist with the gall inducer when they both feed on the same tissue; e.g., the hymenopteran inquiline Periclistus pirata Osten Sacken (Hymenoptera: Cynipidae) on stem galls of Diplolepis nodulosa Beutenmuller (Hymenoptera: Cynipidae) (Brooks & Shorthouse 1997).
Mutual use of trail-following chemical cues by a termite host and its inquiline. PLoS One, 9(1), e85315.
Testing successional hypotheses of stability, heterogeneity, and diversity in pitcher-plant inquiline communities.
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.
The close association of sea scallop and red hake in ordination space may be related to their inquiline relationship, where benthic juvenile red hake live in the mantle of live sea scallop (Able and Fahay, 1998).