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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
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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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For example, hymenopterous myrmecophiles associated with the neotropical weaver ant Camponotus sp.
Apart from some scarce myrmecophiles found very occasionally within their nest, such as a gastropod, a small diplopod (Merocheta), a lepismatid or nicoletiid thysanuran, a worm infesting the refuse dumps, and a histerid beetle (Cook 1905; Perez-Lachaud & Lachaud, unpublished data), colonies of E.