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An association between two species in which one transports the other, for example when a mite attaches to a beetle and is carried to a new food source.

[New Latin phorēsia, from Greek phorēsis, a carrying; see -phoresis.]

pho·ret′ic (fə-rĕt′ĭk) adj.


(Zoology) an association in which one animal clings to another to ensure movement from place to place, as some mites use some insects
[C20: from New Latin phoresia, from Greek phorēsis, from pherein to carry]
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Neem oil has the ability to kill phoretic adults of varroa and also disrupt the reproduction and growth of mites within the cell (Melathopoulos et al.
The fine-structure of secretion in Hyalophysa chattoni: formation of the attachment peduncle and the chitinous phoretic cyst wall.
The main adaptations of Pseudoscorpiones to survive in seasonally flooded areas are behavioral, such as vertical soil migration to tree trunks and canopies during the high water season, as well as the phoretic behavior of some species (Adis & Mahnert, 1993; Adis, 1997).
matrius is found in litter, dropping of small animals (rabbits and rats etc), manures (cow, horse, poultry) and insects (Dipterans) and show phoretic behaviour with flies and beetles.
Habitat fragmentation and arthropod community change: carrion beetles, phoretic mites and flies.
In addition, nicrophorines exhibit complex ecological and evolutionary associations with phoretic mites in which the beetle acts as a vehicle to transport up to hundreds of mites to ephemeral resources, including carcasses.
Tenders are invited for Setting up on a turnkey basis of a new electroplating plant to undertake following types of surface plating:- (a) nickel - chromium (b) acid copper / cyanide (c) silver plating (d) electro phoretic plating
Phoretic relationship between Lustrochernes grossus (Pseudoscorpionida: Chernetidae) and Odontotaenius striatopunctatus (Coleoptera: Passalidae).
Removal of brood cells invaded by mites interrupts the reproductive cycle of Varroa destructor, prolongs its phoretic phase or kills the parasite (Zakar et al.
2005) describe a phoretic behavior by Dero (Allodero) superterrenus on the skin of treefrogs inhabiting tank bromeliads.
Phoretic association between larvae of Rheotanytarsus (Diptera: Chironomidae) and genera of Odonata in a first-order stream in an area of Atlantic Forest in southeastern Brazil.