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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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2011) revealed none of the modifications of the tarsal claws found in other bat-associated fly species known either to be phoretic on Chiroptera, i.
Cyphoderus similis individuals have been recorded as phoretic on alate females and males of Solenopsis invicta Buren, ready to leave the nest of for their mating flight; C.
The pseudostalked barnacle Xenobalanus globicipitis is a cosmopolitan species and an obligate phoretic commensal that attaches itself to cetacean hosts.
1990) Ectoparasitic and phoretic arthropods of Virginia opossums (Didelphis virginiana) in central Tennessee, journal of Parasitology 76: 581-583.
4,7) This phoretic relationship compensates for the disadvantages of small size in longdistance migration and the lack of morphologic adaptation (eg, wings) for independent migration.
mellifera bees collected, not even in the nectar collected, which may indicate a low scale fluctuation in the population of this parasite, during the period of the present study, and that this parasite in some stage of life cycle is a phoretic mites.
Two of the Mesostigmata were found in the phoretic deutonymphal stage (Poecilochirus carabi, Uroseius sp.
Parasitic and phoretic arthropods of sylvatic and commensal white-footed mice (Peromyscus leucopus) in central Tennessee, with notes on Lyme disease.
Abstract--Distribution and prevalence of the phoretic barnacle Xenobalanus on cetacean species are reported for 22 cetaceans in the eastern tropical Pacific Ocean (21 million [km.
Considering the phoretic means of dispersal and potential host switch, it would seem likely to find D.