What is the difference between predator and parasite ?

The difference between predator and parasite are:

Predator

  • It is defined as an animal which preys on other animals for food.
  • Usually in a predator prey relationship, the predator is a larger animal.
  • The predator kills its predator prey. E.g. Lion.

Parasite

  • It is defined as an organism which lives in / on the body of another organism and derives food and other benefits from it.
  • In a parasite-host relationship the parasite is usually small.
  • Parasites often cause diseases in their death. E.g. Plasmodium.