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superparasiticsuperparasitisch (ger.)

  • 1) Of or relating to a parasite of a parasite; hyperparasitic (OED 2012)

    Another parasite […] had become parasitic upon the parasite. The most curious part of this super-parasitic history is, that the roots of Sacculina and Peltogaster (two forms of rhizocephalous Cirripedia parasitic on crabs and hermit-crabs) seem constantly to be made use of by two parasitic Isopods

    Woodward, H. (1877). Crustacea. Encyclopaedia Britannica (9th ed.) vol. 6, 632-666: 647.

  • 2) Relating to or characterized by the infestation of a host by more than one parasite or parasitoid of the same species. (OED 2012)

    Although very abundant, the actual loss which the Tyria population incurred as a result of its activities was relatively small—due to its superparasitic habit.

    Cameron, E. (1935). A study of the natural control of ragwort (Senecio Jacobaea L.). Journal of Ecology 23, 265-322: 294.