Amensalism - definition of amensalism by The Free Dictionary
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An association between two organisms of different species in which one is harmed or inhibited while the other is unaffected.
See also: Animals
a parasitic relationship between animals that has a destructive effect on one and no effect on the other. See also biology
a parasitic relationship between plants that has a destructive effect on one and no effect on the other.See also: Plants
the living together of two organisms in a relationship that is destructive to one and has no effect on the other.See also: Biology
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This might be a form of trophic group amensalism
, wherein the abundance of bioeroders precluded the settlement of larvae of encrusters and/or prevented the growth of the existing encrusting colonies (J.
trophic group amensalism
(Rhoads and Young, 1970), which is also applicable to trace fossils (Bromley, 1996; Buatois and Mangano, 2011).
Thrift (2010) suggests that a rise in interest in 'electrical animals' may be a way of reducing amensalism
'a living together in which one species hurts another, sometimes unknowingly' (p.