4th November 2019


What is the symbiotic relationship between fungus and algae?

A lichen is an organism that results from a mutualistic relationship between a fungus and a photosynthetic organism. The other organism is usually a cyanobacterium or green alga. The fungus grows around the bacterial or algal cells. The fungus benefits from the constant supply of food produced by the photosynthesizer.

In this way, why do whales have barnacles on them?

Whale barnacles attach themselves to the bodies of baleen whales during the barnacles' free-swimming larval stage. Some sources describe the relationship as an example of obligate commensalism.

What kind of relationship does the Barnacle have with the whale?

The barnacle-whale relationship is generally considered to be obligate commensalism — a type of symbiosis where one species benefits, and the other isn't affected either way.

What is the symbiotic relationship between a tapeworm and humans?

Parasitism is a relationship in which one organism - the host - is the source of food and/or shelter for another organism, the parasite. In this relationship, all of the benefits go to the parasite; the host is harmed by the relationship. An example is a human and a tapeworm living in the intestines.
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