hyperparasite

(redirected from hyperparasites)
Also found in: Dictionary, Medical.

hyperparasite

[¦hī·pər′par·ə‚sīt]
(ecology)
An organism that is parasitic on other parasites.
References in periodicals archive ?
1979), an unidentified worm, and the haplosporidian hyperparasite of larval nematodes, previously reported by Lichtenfels et al.
When a normal parasite invades one of these hyperparasites and attempts to reproduce using the host's copy procedure, the hyperparasite substitutes its own code for the unsuspecting organism to copy throughout its life.
Diadegma armilatum was attacked by the hyperparasites, Pteromalus sp.