myrmecophile

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myrmecophile

[mər′mek·ə‚fīl]
(ecology)
An organism, usually a beetle, that habitually inhabits the nest of ants.
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Approximately 60% of the ant-associated lycaenid species are facultative myrmecophiles that are tended by several different ant species, usually on the larval host plant (Pierce et al.
In the absence of morphological mimicry, myrmecophiles may rely on some type of chemical mimicry to avoid detection by the ants (Holldobler & Wilson 1990).