In article <3hmmr1$etf at crcnis3.unl.edu> jjanovy at unlinfo.unl.edu (john janovy) writes:
>>>PARASITISM (insert CHEMOAUTOTROPHY) is a phenomenon in which a species' habitat consists of a
>highly regulated, patchy environment, and in which the parasitic
(insert Thermophilus aquaticus or any other variety of critters)
>species, probably in adaptive response to the highly regulated nature
>of its habitat, (insert deep-sea hydrothermal vents) has lost some functions essential for life outside its
>patches. As in all catagories into which humans place plants and
>animals, PARASITISM (insert CHEMOAUTOTROPHY) varies in the intensity of its manifestations.
Just to offer a dissenting voice.
Mark E. Siddall "I don't mind a parasite...
mes at vims.edu I object to a cut-rate one"
Virginia Inst. Marine Sci. - Rick
Gloucester Point, VA, 23062