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myr·me·co·phile

 (mûr′mĭ-kə-fīl′)
n.
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.
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myrmecophile

(ˈmɜːmɪkəʊˌfaɪl)
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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Like other myrmecophiles (literally, ant lovers), these beetles must use chemical signals or other adaptations to avoid becoming prey themselves.
These arthropods are generally referred to as myrmecophiles, and their association to ant colonies can vary in extent [24, 25].
For example, hymenopterous myrmecophiles associated with the neotropical weaver ant Camponotus sp.
Ants form complex colonies, harboring resources that can potentially be exploited by myrmecophiles (organisms living in association with ants).