Definition of ectoparasite in English:



  • A parasite, such as a flea, that lives on the outside of its host.

    Compare with endoparasite
    • ‘Several ectoparasite species often infect the same nest, and host responses against one parasite could affect the fitness of other ectoparasites and modify ectoparasite communities.’
    • ‘We measured various indicators of male health and condition, including the intensity of infection from ectoparasites and blood parasites.’
    • ‘Fifth, we test for correlations between ectoparasites and blood parasites.’
    • ‘The negative association between the two ectoparasites suggests that hen fleas could impose selection pressures on the evolution of Protocalliphora life history traits.’
    • ‘Cavity-nesting hosts will often face ectoparasites during reproduction.’