What Is an Example of Parasitism in Coral Reefs?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Apr 11, 2020 8:02:02 AM ET
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One example of a parasitic relationship in coral reefs includes crustaceans from the Copepoda or Isopoda orders, which attach to fish in the reefs, sometimes causing harm but at other times simply holding on and feeding on food particles that float by them. Coral reefs feature organisms that coexist in a number of different relationships, including parasitism, but also symbiosis, competition, commensalism and mutualism.