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An association between two species in which one transports the other, for example when a mite attaches to a beetle and is carried to a new food source.

[New Latin phorēsia, from Greek phorēsis, a carrying; see -phoresis.]

pho·ret′ic (fə-rĕt′ĭk) adj.
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(Zoology) an association in which one animal clings to another to ensure movement from place to place, as some mites use some insects
[C20: from New Latin phoresia, from Greek phorēsis, from pherein to carry]
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Phoresy (Beier 1948) is a type of passive transportation that involves attachment of a non-vagile individual to a selected carrier from a different species.
The transportation of one animal by another is known as phoresy (Walter and Proctor 1999).
These small arachnids establish a form of commensal relationship with other arthropods called "phoresy," in which they attach themselves to the body of a larger animal (usually another arthropod) and are carried to another area or environment (Poinar, Curcic, & Cokendolpher, 1998; Szymkowiak, Gorski, & Bajerlein, 2007).
Ectoparasitism and phoresy in Thysanoptera: the case of Aulacothrips dictyotus (Heterothripidae) in the Neotropical savanna.
Short distance dispersal occurs by wind or by "hitch-hiking" (phoresy) on mammals, birds, or large insects (Heu et al.
Phoresy on the aquatic coleoptera: helophoridae and hydrophilidae species in lake Van basin, Turkey.
Biologically, transport by birds or other animals (zoochory), humans (anthropochory) (Barber 2009) or the host itself (phoresy) (Strand 1986; Austin et al.
Only one previous case of phoresy (the transportation of one organism by another) has been recorded for springtails.
Ecological and evolutionary significance of phoresy in the Astigmata.
Phoresy is a term generally used to describe the attachment of a nonparasitic animal to another animal (Svensson, 1979; Prat et al., 2004).