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Problem: Compare and contrast commensalism, predation, competition, mutualism, and parasitism. Give an example of each, naming the species involved and briefly describing their interaction.

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  • Commensalism is the relationship between two organisms in which one benefits from the other while the other organism neither benefit nor harmed from the relationship. One example is the relationship between the Clownfish and anemones is a well-known example of commensalism. Clownfish live in the stinging tentacles of sea anemones. The clownfish benefit by receiving protection from the anemones while sea anemones neither benefit or harmed by the clownfish. 
  • Predation is the relationship where one organism kills and consumes another. Example, snake (carnivorous) animal preying on a rabbit (herbivorous) animal.
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Compare and contrast commensalism, predation, competition, mutualism, and parasitism. Give an example of each, naming the species involved and briefly describing their interaction.

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