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Phagophilia or phagophily is feeding on parasites.[1][2]

German zoologist M. Beier reported that phagophilia is the feeding behavior of some pseudoscorpions. It was reported that many pseudoscorpions species co-exist with some packrat species, and two of them feed on packrat ectoparasites, to mutual benefit.[3][4] This is an example of a Cleaning symbiosis.


  1. ^ "A glossary of some of the terms used in insect ecology", by Claude K. Warner, 1947, Cornell University
  2. ^ "Die Formen der Vergesellschaftung im Tierreiche: Ein systematisch-soziologischer Versuch", Paul Deegener, 1918
  3. ^ SYMBIOTIC RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN PSEUDOSCORPIONS (ARACHNIDA) AND PACKRATS (RODENTIA), Journal of Arachnology 34(2):289-298. 2006, doi:10.1636/04-36.1
  4. ^ Beier, M. 1948. Phoresie und phagophilie bei pseudoscorpionen. Österreichische Zoologische Zeitschrift 1:441–497.