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Difference between Parasitism and Commensalism.

Parasitism is a feeding relationship or association between two organisms, in which the parasite lives in or on the body of the host, deriving benefit from and causing harm to it while the host loses in the process. Types of parasites includes: Ticks, lice, mites, viruses, fungi, mites, mosquitoes, disease causing organisms, tapeworms, etc.
Commensalism is a relationship or an association between two organisms of different species, in which one, the commensal benefits or gains while the other, the host, is not adversely or significantly affected in any way, i.e., it is not harmed, neither loses gains. Types of Commensals Remora which rides upon sharks and other fishes, biting lice, flies, fleas which feed on the feathers of birds.