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domatium (s) (noun)
, domatia (pl)
1. A small structure developed in certain plants; especially on their leaves, serving as a shelter for insects, mites, or fungi.
2. Etymology: from Latin domus, "home".
Plant structures inhabited by ants or termites with specialized structures; such as, inflated stems, used by ant plants for the housing of ant colonies.
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Specialized structures; such as, inflated stems, used by ant plants for the housing of ant colonies.
Domatia (from Latin domus, "home") are tiny chambers produced by plants that house arthropods.
Domatia differ from galls in that they are produced by the plant rather than being induced by their inhabitants.
Ant domatia are inhabited by ants, in what is considered to be a mutualist relationship between the ants and the plants.