Symbiosis

By: Alaina Cox

Types of Symbiosis

Parasitism: Where an organism is living off of another organism. A parasite would be the one benefitting from the host, and the host would be getting hurt.

For example, ticks are parasites to dogs.


Commensalism: This is when one species is benefitted, while the other is neither hurt or helped.

For example, a vine growing up a tree would not hurt the tree, or help it.


Mutualism: When two species are benefitting from each other.

For example, an oxpecker, a type of bird that eats small bugs, rides on the back of a zebra, who is the host to the small bugs. The oxpecker helps the zebra by giving him/her relief, and the oxpecker is being fed at the same time.

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