Great Barrier Reef Relationships

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There are many relationships in the Great Barrier Reef. Some benefit both organisms other just one. These relationships good or bad help keep the ecosystem flourish. Mutualism is the interaction between 2 organisms in which both benefit from each other. A relationship that represent mutualism is the clownfish and the sea anemone. It is mutualism because the clown fish uses the anemone as a home and protection from predators. It also eats the anemone’s scrapes after it is done eating. The anemone benefits by the clownfish helps it catch it food by luring its prey in and the clownfish also eat the anemone’s dead tentacles keeping it clean and healthy. Another relationship is commensalism. Commensalism is when one species benefit and the other is not affected.…show more content…
The pearlfish hides in the sea cucumber's anus to hide from predators. The pearlfish is protected and the sea cucumber is unharmed from this activity. The next example is parasitism. Parasitism is when one organism benefits the other one is harmed. An example of parasitism is the trematode worm. When a trematode hosts on a snail, it affects the snail’s reproduction for life. The snail looks and behaves normally but instead of reproducing snails, it reproduces parasites instead which helps the worm thrive and the snail struggle you can also find them in almost every fish , bird, and turtle near the Great Barrier Reef. The last form of relationship in the Great Barrier Reef is competition. Competition is when two species are fighting over something anything from space to a mate. Sea sponges and other sessile organisms compete fiercely compete with each other over

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