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A secondary sea anemone gets attached to the shell covering of the hermit crab. The association is _____.


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Sea anemones:

  1. Underwater, there is an unusual and close bond between hermit crabs and sea anemones.
  2. Baby hermit crabs will frequently choose a young sea anemone to adhere to their shell, and they end up being lifelong companions.
  3. Even so, they develop at a similar pace.
  4. Hermit crabs and sea anemones coexist in harmony, thanks to their symbiotic relationship.
  5. It is a strong bond that avoids the traditional prey and predator dynamic found in nature.
  6. They interact in a symbiotic relationship known as commensalism.
  7. Commensalism is when one organism gains from a relationship while the other isn't hurt.
  8. The symbiotic and commensal interaction between the hermit crab and the sea anemone has no adverse effects on either.

Final answer: A secondary sea anemone gets attached to the shell covering of the hermit crab. The association is commensalism.


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