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(English) (literally, parasitism by theft) a form of feeding where one animal takes prey from another that has caught, killed, or otherwise prepared it. The cleptoparasite gains either by obtaining prey that it could not obtain itself, or by saving the time and effort required to obtain the prey. However the cleptoparasite may run the risk of injury from the victim if it is able to defend its prey. Cleptoparasitism may be intraspecific or interspecific. (See also: Cleptobiosis, Cleptoparasite)

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