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(English) An organism that habitually lives in the body space of another, but does it no harm--literally, a tenant or lodger; examples of inquilines are fishes that live in sponges, or sea cucumbers, also lodger; an animal that lives habitually in the cavity or abode of some other species, causing no harm, e.g. Nomeus in the Portuguese man-of-war, Physalia; Fierasfer in the pearl oyster, Meleagrina; Paraclinus marmoratus in finger sponges; Gilbertidia sigalutes in sponges, and Carapus in sea cucumbers. (See also: symbiosis, parasitic, holothurian)
(French) Espèce qui habituellement vit dans le corps d'une autre, sans se nourrir à ses dépens ; un locataire; un exemple de poissons inquilins sont les poissons qui vivent dans les éponges, ou les bêches de mer. (See also: symbiosis, parasitic, holothurian)
(Portuguese) Organismo que vive habitualmente no corpo de outro, mas que não o afectam negativamente, por ex. peixes que vivem no interior de esponjas ou de holotúrias. (See also: symbiosis, parasitic, holothurian)

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