Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A symbiotic relationship, especially among arthropods and some fishes, in which one organism transports another organism of a different species.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a symbiotic relationship between two different organisms in which the larger (the host) transports the smaller (the guest)

Etymologies

New Latin phorēsia, from Greek phorēsis, a carrying; see -phoresis.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • This ass-riding behavior, called phoresy, has been described in other dung beetles, but the Jacobs paper notes a new case and provides visual evidence in the form of stunning full-color photographs.

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  • This ass-riding behavior, called phoresy, has been described in other dung beetles, but the Jacobs paper notes a new case and provides the first visual evidence in the form of stunning full-color photographs.

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  • The technical term for this type of hitchhiking is phoresy.

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  • Freshwater larvae in the act of phoresy while attached to a water beetle.

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  • phoresy - the now-common behavior of one animal using a completely different species for transportation - has been around for at least 50 million years in these mites.

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