ectocommensal


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ectocommensal

[¦ek·tō·kə′men·səl]
(ecology)
An organism living on the outer surface of the body of another organism, without affecting its host.
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Physiological effect of an ectocommensal gill barnacle, Octolasmis mulleri, on gas exchange in the blue crab Callinectes sapidus.
aztecus combed from the fur of live-trapped mice, and the pseudoscorpions apparently feed primarily upon the ectocommensal mites which also occur on the volcano mice in large numbers.
Distribution of Octolasmis muelleri, an ectocommensal gill barnacle on the blue crab.