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What is an example of parasitism?

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One example of parasitism is when a tick draws blood from a deer to survive. Parasitism represents a relationship between two species in which one of the animals (or plants) obtains a benefit at the expense of another.

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What is an example of parasitism?
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Some species involved in parasitism, or parasites, can be classified as ectoparasites. These are parasites that live on the surface of a host, like a tick on a deer. Other parasites are called endoparasites. These are parasites that inhabit space within the body of its host, and some of these parasites inhabit individual cells with a host's body. An example of an endoparasite is a heartworm.

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