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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.
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(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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(1974) Host and distribution lists of mites (Acari), parasitic and phoretic, in the hair of wild mammals of North America, North of Mexico.
Piscivorous birds have also been reported to act as phoretic agents, transporting viable cestode eggs from infected prey and spreading them via defecation 113 (Tables 3 & 4).
A comparison of mycangial and phoretic fungi of individual mountain pine beetles.
First record of phoretic and parasite mites (Arachnida: Acari) associated with necrophagous flies in Brazil
Surprisingly, there is very little information about the genetic structure of phoretic organisms (Wilcox et al.
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., 2000b).
Phoretic association can be an important attribute for arthropod communities (involving mites, pseudoscorpions, nematodes, fungi, and microorganisms) that depend on ephemeral and patch habitats like decaying trees, contributing to increased community complexity (Wilson, 1988).
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).
Mesostigmatic mites associated with Coleoptera and biodiversity calculation of these mites phoretic on dung beetles in Golestan Province (north of Iran).--Middle East.