domatium


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domatium

(dɒˈmeɪʃɪəm)
n, pl -tia
(Botany) botany a plant cavity inhabited by commensal insects or mites or, occasionally, microorganisms
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Noun1.domatium - a part of a plant (e.g., a leaf) that has been modified to provide protection for insects or mites or fungi
plant part, plant structure - any part of a plant or fungus
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Mites were prevented access to domatia by blocking every domatium on all expanded leaves of each (-)-domatia (domatia blocked) treatment plant with a small amount of glue.
In all cases, the sampling unit was a field of vision at which a domatium typically filled the field (30x magnification).
One interpretation of their presence in domatia is that they are simply parasites of a mutualistic interaction and that domatium "design" cannot exclude tiny larviform or flat mites and still allow access to potential mutualists.