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An organism, such as a beetle, that habitually lives in the nest of an ant colony.

myr′me·coph′i·lous (-kŏf′ə-ləs) adj.
myr′me·coph′i·ly (-kŏf′ə-lē) n.


(Zoology) an animal that lives in a colony of ants
myrmecophilous adj
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.myrmecophile - an organism such as an insect that habitually shares the nest of a species of ant
organism, being - a living thing that has (or can develop) the ability to act or function independently
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In the present study, we aimed to determine not just whether, but how ants increase plant reproductive fitness in the known myrmecophile, Senna mexicana var.
Myrmelibia, a new genus of myrmecophile from Australia, with a generic review of australian Osoriinae (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae).
Etimologia: es un nombre que deriva de la palabra myrmecophile y se refiere a la relacion simbiotica con las colonias de hormigas, que por lo general se encuentran viviendo en los grandes huecos de salida del pseudobulbo.