amensalism


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a·men·sa·lism

 (ā-mĕn′sə-lĭz′əm)
n.
An association between two organisms of different species in which one is harmed or inhibited while the other is unaffected.

[Probably a- + (com)mensalism.]

amensalism

a parasitic relationship between animals that has a destructive effect on one and no effect on the other. See also biology; plants.
See also: Animals
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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In fact, the pervasive bioturbation may not only help to give the butter shale its soft, seemingly homogeneous consistency, but also help to explain the unusual faunas of these beds as a result of trophic group amensalism, i.
Arthur and Mitchel (1989) described three types of populational interactions including neutralism in which neither species is affected by presence of the other, amensalism in which individuals of one species adversely affect those of the other but are unaffected themselves, and competition in which both species are affected negatively.