epizoic

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epizoic

[¦ep·ə¦zō·ik]
(biology)
Living on the body of an animal.
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Distribution of barnacle epizoites of the crab Portunus pelagicus in the Moreton Bay region, eastern Australia.
Taxa used in quantitative analysis, 1) Epizoite on bigger hydroid colonies, 2) ecto-parasites on the hydroid Amphisbetia operculata, 3) endolithic organisms inhabiting BAS; 4) endobiont in the the gorgonean Tripalea clavaria, 5) specimens inhabiting fine sediments accumulated in cavities and crevices.
Although the epizoites on unionids don't "bite" their hosts, a conspicuous invertebrate fauna does exist on freshwater unionids.