By Kaylea Kuhlman
Definition of Symbiosis
Types of Symbiosis
- Mutualism- This type of Symbiosis occurs when both species are benefited from the relationship.
- Commensalism- In this type, one species benefit from the relationship and the other is neither helped nor harmed.
- Parasitism- In the relationship one organism benefits and the other is harmed.
In this symbiosis relationship the butterfly pollinates the flower and sends pollen from one place to another. The flower gives the butterfly the nutrients in the form of nectar. Both of the organisms are helped which is why it is a mutual relationship.
This sea anemone and clown fish show a mutual relationship because the fish gives the anemone nutrients, cleans it, and not attracting predatory fish to the Anemone. The sea anemone stings the clown fish which protects it from predators because a mucus is covered around the body. The fish also has its meals off of the anemone's leftovers. Both of the organisms are benefited in this relationship.
This picture shows a whale and barnacle having a commensalism relationship. Barnacle live their life on the whale's tail. The barnacle is benefited because it is protected and has an easy ability to go from area to area to get its food. The whale is neither benefited nor harmed from barnacle being stuck to its tail.