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Ectoparasite


An Adult Deer Tick
An Adult Deer Tick


An Ectoparasite is an animal that lives parasitically on the surface of another animal's body, and they often feed on blood.



Some ectoparasites spend their whole lifecycle on their hosts, but many, for example fleas and ticks, develop elsewhere and climb onto their hosts in order to feed.




Associated Terms: Parasitism, Parasitising



Also see:
Host
Parasite
Parasitoid
Endoparasite

 


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