COMMENSALISM: THE CACTUS AND THE WREN
Artist Joyce Tipton
Print size 24 x 16 inches
Commensalism: The Cactus and the Wren. Commensalism is the long term connection between two species in which members of one species gains benefits, while those of the other species receive neither benefit nor harm. The Cactus Wren, an inhabitant of the Chihuahuan, Sonora, and Mojave deserts, is the largest wren in North America. These bold, inquisitive, brown-speckled bird build their football shaped nests in a Cholla or other cactus amidst the thorns. The cactus with its thorns provides protection from predators for the nest. In this case, I believe the Cholla cactus actually does benefit in sheer beauty with these charming birds decorating its branches.
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