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episiteEpisit (ger.)

  • An organism that preys on animals or other heterotrophic organisms.  

    In the first type, (a) the organism S2 kills S1 outright in the process of feeding upon it. We might term S2 in such a case an episite of S1

    Lotka, A.J. (1925). Elements of Physical Biology: 77.


    episite 1: An ectoparasite q. v. 2: A predator dependent upon utilizing a succession of prey organisms in order to complete its life cycle.

    Lincoln, R.J., Boxshall, G.A. & Clark, P.F. (1982). A Dictionary of Ecology, Evolution and Systematics: 83.