In which interaction does a parasite steal food gathered by the host?

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Editor">Editor Staff asked 2 months ago

In which interaction does a parasite steal food gathered by the host?
 
(a) Adelpho-parasitism
 
(b) Klepto-parasitism
 
(c) Endo-parasitism
 
(d) Ecto-parasitism
 
I have been asked this question in exam.
 
Enquiry is from Population Interactions-2 in division Organisms and Populations of Biology – Class 12

1 Answers
Editor">Editor Staff answered 2 months ago

Correct option is (b) Klepto-parasitism
 
Easy explanation: A phenomenon of a parasite stealing food gathered by a host is observed in klepto-parasitism. It is parasitism by theft in which an organism benefits at another organism’s expense. These are opportunistic feeders because independent feeding is costly.