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another defini post

std_bell at hg.uleth.ca std_bell at hg.uleth.ca
Thu Apr 6 01:41:59 EST 1995


In article <3ls5g3$ibv at falcon.ccs.uwo.ca>, Mike Clarke <m.clarke at uwo.ca> writes:
>Here is what students in Biology 221a at UWO get: 
> 
>Parasitism is a relationship between two organisms, the larger of which   
>is physiologically dependent on the smaller; where the incidence and   
>prevalence of parasites in the host population is non-random; where the   
>reproductive potential is higher in the parasite; and where the parasite   
>has the potential to cause harm to the host. 
> 
>I ripped this off from somewhere, can't remember where, but it is the   
>basis for an entire lecture on each aspect of the definition.  The last   
>part of the definition may be relevant to previous discussion in this   
>list. 
> 
>Mike Clarke

Just a note: It is probably safe to say that it is not the larger organism that
is dependent, but the smaller.  (Typo)  
                     
	"A parasite is whatever a competent parasitologist says it is."
				      		--Anonymous



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