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Table 6

Various definitions of epibiosis in the literature.

Definition Reference
Any relationship between two organisms in which one grows on the other but is not parasitic on it. [26]
A relationship between two organisms, one of which lives or grows on the other, but is not parasitic on it. [99]
The spatial association between a substrate organism (“basibiont”) and a sessile organism (“epibiont”) attached to the basibiont’s outer surface without trophically depending on it. [97]
A spatially close association between 2 or more organisms belonging to the same or different species. [98]
Epibiosis is a facultative association of two organisms: the epibiont and the basibiont. The term “epibiont” includes organisms that, during the sessile phase of their life cycle, are attached to the surface of a living substratum, while the basibiont lodges and constitutes a support for the epibiont. [37]

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