Definition of myrmecophile in English:


Syllabification: myr·me·co·phile
Pronunciation: /ˈmərməkōˌfīl


An invertebrate or plant that has a symbiotic relationship with ants, such as being tended and protected by ants or living inside an ants' nest.
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  • Regularly, part of these myrmecophiles stay behind when they miss an emigration of their host colony.
  • In particular, he was interested in those other inhabitants of ant nests referred to as myrmecophiles.
  • The principal collections are those of ants, termites and myrmecophiles, of grasshoppers and crickets and of butterflies.


late 19th century: from Greek murmēx, murmēk- 'ant' + -phile.



Pronunciation: /ˌmərməˈkäfələs/
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  • Here we discuss the myrmecophilous soft scales occurring in the Australian and Oriental regions.
  • They thought that the unattended species had a secondary reduction of their myrmecophilous organs.
  • These specimens prompted me to study this interesting myrmecophilous beetle.


Pronunciation: /ˌmərməˈkäfəlē/
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  • As a group of interactions, the chemical ecology of mutualisms (i.e., pollination, myrmecophily, frugivory) is still poorly understood and is not well represented in the book.
  • The implications of this observation and others are discussed with regard to the evolution of myrmecophily in T. virgilius.
  • To understand the patterns of associations in the field we therefore need to measure the benefits and costs of myrmecophily both in the presence and in the absence of ants.

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