The relationship between these two fish is an example of symbiosis.
An example of symbiosis is when a small fish cleans the teeth of a large fish and the large fish protects the small fish from predators.
- Biol. the intimate living together of two kinds of organisms, esp. if such association is of mutual advantage
- a similar relationship of mutual interdependence
Origin of symbiosisModern Latin ; from Classical Greek symbi?sis ; from symbioun, to live together ; from syn-, together + bios, life: see bio-
- Biology A close, prolonged association between two or more different organisms of different species that may, but does not necessarily, benefit each member.
- A relationship of mutual benefit or dependence.
Origin of symbiosisGreek sumbi&omacron;sis, companionship, from sumbioun, to live together, from sumbios, living together : sun-, syn- + bios, life; see gwei- in Indo-European roots.
- sym′bi·ot′ic , sym′bi·ot′i·cal
From Ancient Greek ÏƒÏ…Î¼Î²Î¯Ï‰ÏƒÎ¹Ï‚ (sumbiÅsis, “living together").