What are some examples of synnecrosis in the animal kingdom? by Ava Teresa
Answer by Ava Teresa:
Synnecrosis is a parasitic relationship between two living organisms that results in one or both of their deaths. It is one of the more rare and less studied forms of symbiosis, and because of this there are varying theories about it’s exact definition and role, so it is very hard to find hard examples of it. For instance, many veterinary medical books define it as a relationship where both hosts end up killing one another. Other definitions argue that they are only mutually harmful relationships. The purpose of synnecrosis is also up for debate, making examples even more tricky to come by.
Anyway, aside from the most common example of the bee stinging the human, and the bee dying, the majority of cases involving synnecrosis occur in parasitic relationships. For instance, when a certain parasite enters the human body but the parasite is not accustomed or capable of surviving in it’s new environment and dies, while at the same time causing it’s human (or animal) host harm or death.
Because I am not an expert in parasitology, I can’t give you specific names of these parasites. But I hoped this was a little helpful, anyway.