re definition of parasitism

Mark Siddall mes at
Tue Feb 14 09:19:12 EST 1995

In article <3hmmr1$etf at> jjanovy at (john janovy) writes:
>PARASITISM (insert CHEMOAUTOTROPHY) is a phenomenon in which a species' habitat consists of a 
>highly regulated, patchy environment, and in which the parasitic 
(insert Thermophilus aquaticus or any other variety of critters)
>species, probably in adaptive response to  the highly regulated nature
>of its habitat, (insert deep-sea hydrothermal vents) has lost some functions essential for life outside its
>patches.  As in all catagories into which humans place plants and 
>animals, PARASITISM (insert CHEMOAUTOTROPHY) varies in the intensity of its manifestations.  

Just to offer a dissenting voice.

Mark :)

Mark E. Siddall                "I don't mind a parasite...
mes at                    I object to a cut-rate one" 
Virginia Inst. Marine Sci.                     - Rick
Gloucester Point, VA, 23062

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