A parasite, such as a flea, that lives on the outside of its host. Compare with endoparasite.
- Several ectoparasite species often infect the same nest, and host responses against one parasite could affect the fitness of other ectoparasites and modify ectoparasite communities.
- We measured various indicators of male health and condition, including the intensity of infection from ectoparasites and blood parasites.
- Fifth, we test for correlations between ectoparasites and blood parasites.
- Example sentences
- Nesting cavities of birds and mammals host a distinctive and varied ectoparasitic fauna where the nest material provides the key microhabitat in which free-ranging ectoparasites find refuge and reproduce.
- Sea lice are ectoparasitic marine crustacea which eat the membrane, skin and blood of their host.
- In the present study, we measure infection of the ectoparasitic louse, Myrsidea ptilonorhynchi, in individual male satin bowerbirds both as juveniles and nine or more years later as adults.
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