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 (ĭn′kwə-līn′, -lĭn, ĭng′-)
An animal that characteristically lives commensally in the nest, burrow, or dwelling place of an animal of another species.
Being or living as an inquiline.

[Latin inquilīnus, lodger, tenant : in-, in; see in-2 + colere, to inhabit; see kwel- in Indo-European roots.]

in′qui·lin·ism (-lə-nĭz′əm), in′qui·lin′i·ty (-lĭn′ĭ-tē) n.
in′qui·lin′ous (-lī′nəs) adj.


(Zoology) an animal that lives in close association with another animal without harming it. See also commensal1
(Zoology) of or living as an inquiline
[C17: from Latin inquilīnus lodger, from in-2 + colere to dwell]
inquilinism, inquilinity n
inquilinous adj


(ˈɪn kwəˌlaɪn, -lɪn)

an animal that lives in the coat, nest, burrow, etc., of another animal, usu. without harm to the host.
[1635–45; < Latin inquilīnus tenant]
in`qui•lin′i•ty (-ˈlɪn ɪ ti) n.
in`qui•li′nous (-ˈlaɪ nəs) adj.


an animal that inhabits the burrow, nest, or other habitation of another animal. — inquiline, adj.
See also: Animals
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Gallwasps (Cynipidae) are divided into 2 main trophic groups: the gall inducers and the gall-associated inquilines, which together make up 8 tribes (Liljeblad et al.
Two of the three remaining Holarctic species are social parasites, inquilines, which have different hosts in the Nearctic and Palearctic Regions.
These two inquilines apparently have lost the ability to produce workers, such that their continued survival relies on the worker caste of the hosts P.
Phytophagous forms are known from at leas t six plant families and most often attack seeds and stems (borers or gallers) or live as inquilines in galls formed by other insects.
Most sphecine genera nest in cavities in the ground, although some nest aerially and a few are inquilines (Bohart and Menke, 1963).
North American Myrmecophilus species are inquilines that inhabit the nests of many ant species (Henderson and Akre, 1986).
Inquilines are parasitic species that spend their entire lives in the nest of the host species; in the most extreme example the entire worker caste has been eliminated, as have the slave raids.
After, these leaves were put inside of a white plastic pot (temperature 25 [degrees]C), and we evaluated in each 2 days the emergence of galling insects, parasitoids, hyperparasitoids and inquilines during 30 days in each collected data.
phoretica-enigmatica group is known from only 3 queens and a few associated workers, but all 3 were apparent inquilines in the nest of Pheidole species, and we are assuming that this is a normal association.