What is a relationship in which one parasite feeds on another parasite which in turn feeds on its host called?

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Editor">Editor Staff asked 2 months ago

What is a relationship in which one parasite feeds on another parasite which in turn feeds on its host called?
 
(a) Pathogen
 
(b) Vector
 
(c) Vehicle
 
(d) Epi-parasite
 
The question was posed to me in an interview for internship.
 
Enquiry is from Population Interactions-2 topic in portion Organisms and Populations of Biology – Class 12

1 Answers
Editor">Editor Staff answered 2 months ago

The correct choice is (d) Epi-parasite
 
To explain I would say: A relationship in which one parasite feeds on another parasite which in turn feed on its host is called epi-parasite. These are also known as secondary or hyper parasites. An example is a bacterium in an insect’s gut that feeds on cattle.