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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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Mahnert and Adis (1985) highlighted that in spite of the preference for habitats, there are few studies on the biology of the myrmecophilous, termitophilous, apidophilous species.
Lack of compensation by final instar larvae of the myrmecophilous lycaenid butterfly, Jalmenus evagoras, for the loss of nutrients to ants.
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.
Taxonomic revision of the myrmecophilous, meliponiphilous and rhizophilous soft scale genus Cryptostigma Ferris (Hemiptera: Coccoidea: Coccidae).
New species and new records of myrmecophilous Phoridae (Diptera).
Oviposition tests of ant preference in a myrmecophilous butterfly.
Ants benefit from attending facultatively myrmecophilous Lycaenidae caterpillars: evidence from a survival study.
It is a dioecious, myrmecophilous tree of 20-35 m height with many clusters of 3-5 wind-pollinated spadices, each bearing 2700-4700 cylindrical achenes, 1-2 mm long and 0.
Habit: herbs (annual or perennial), shrubs or trees, rarely succulent (Theligonum) or epiphytic (Hydnophytum), some genera myrmecophilous (Myrmecodia and others).