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Anand on a visit through an under the ocean aquarium found that many sea anemones are attached to hermit crab shells, sucker fisher attached to the ventral surface of sharks and clown fish living among the sea anemones. He wondered whether all these associations are of the same type; can you help him to arrive at the correct conclusion.

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a) Relation between sea anemones and hermit crab is mutualism since sea anemones protects the hermit crab and crab provides bits of food to sea anemone, thus both benefitted.
b) Relation between shark and suckerfish is commensalisms because only sucker fish gets food and is benefitted while shark is neither harmed nor benefitted.
c) Relation between sea anemone and clown fish is also commensalism since only the fish gets protection from predators.
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