Commensalism: Relationship Examples, Definition & Types


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In commensalism, both species must benefit from the relationship.

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1. Commensalism is only observed in animals.

2. What type of commensalism is taking place when a bird uses an abandoned rabbit burrow for a nesting site?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Commensalism is one of many types of symbiotic relationships. This quiz and worksheet will get you more familiar with the four types of commensal bonds.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

With these materials, you will be able to differentiate between these commensal relationships:

  • Relationship between species
  • Commensalism that takes place when a bird uses an abandoned rabbit burrow as a nesting site
  • Symbiotic relationship
  • Commensal relationship

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz let you practice the following skills

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related commensalism lesson
  • Making connections - use your understanding of the concept of commensalism to list species that partake in each type
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast relationships from the lesson, such as a symbiotic relationship

Additional Learning

After nailing down this worksheet and quiz, take a look at the corresponding lesson Commensalism: Relationship Examples, Definition & Types. This lesson's objectives will prepare you to:

  • Distinguish between the four different types of commensalism
  • List examples of species that participate in each type of bond
  • Explain what qualifies as a commensal relationship