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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.
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Adj.1.myrmecophilous - living symbiotically with ants
biological science, biology - the science that studies living organisms
dependent - relying on or requiring a person or thing for support, supply, or what is needed; "dependent children"; "dependent on moisture"
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Adaptations of Coccinella magnifi ca, a myrmecophilous coccinellid to aggression by wood ants (Formica rufa group).
Available records suggest that mistletoe use may be divided in two types: 1) larvae specialists with diets restricted to mistletoes; and, 2) larvae generalists whose diet may include mistletoes, which seems to be the case in Chalodeta chelonis (Hewitson, 1866), which feeds on flower buds, and some myrmecophilous Nymphidiini with polyphagous larvae.
New species and new records of myrmecophilous Phoridae (Diptera).
Oviposition tests of ant preference in a myrmecophilous butterfly.
Biology of the myrmecophilous cricket, Myrmecophila manni, Orthoptera: Gryllidae.
Habit: herbs (annual or perennial), shrubs or trees, rarely succulent (Theligonum) or epiphytic (Hydnophytum), some genera myrmecophilous (Myrmecodia and others).
Acceptance of two native myrmecophilous species, Platyarthrus hoffmannseggii (Isopoda: Oniscidea) and Cyphoderus albinus (Collembola: Cyphoderidae) by the introduced invasive garden ant Lasius neglectus (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in Belgium.