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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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First incidence of inquilinism in gall-forming psyllids.
The primary characteristic that differentiates inquilinism from the other guilds is their stimulation of the host plant to produce new tissue in galls (Brooks & Shorthouse 1997).
alba and leaf-cutting ants, if chemoreception is involved this relationship may go beyond a simple inquilinism. Worm lizards use nests of A.
& VANZOLINI, P.E., 1985.--Notes on incubatory inquilinism between Squamata (Reptilia) and the neotropical fungus-growing ant genus Acromyrmex (Hymenoptera: Formicidae).
Parasitic ants can take advantage of the host-colony resources only during the phase of colony founding (temporary social parasitism) or throughout their life cycle, either by raiding host brood and then enslaving workers (slave-making) or by cohabiting in the nest alongside the host queens (inquilinism) [1-3].
The inquilinism of this association strongly suggests continuous adaptation over a long period of time.
Key words: Eumeninae, Sphecidae, inquilinism, Monobia, Montezumia, Podium, Trypoxylon.
Evolution of parasitism among closely related species: phylogenetic relationships and the origin of inquilinism in gall wasps (Hymenoptera, Cynipidae).
Particularly, their life cycle, feeding habits, inquilinism, as well as the interactions between the larvae and their specific ant hosts have not been thoroughly studied [21, 22], even though some species are considered endangered [17, 23, 24].
Even at the most uncertain node (the ancestor common to the inquiline clade and the gall-inducing Diastrophus) gall induction has 17 times more support than inquilinism.