The difference between mutualism and commensalism is that mutualism benefits both parties of the relationship, and in commensalism, only one partner benefits. Mutualism is a sort of symbiotic relationship where both species involved receive benefits to the bond. On the other hand, commensalism represents that type of symbiotic relationship in which only one benefits. In mutualism, individuals possess the obligatory kind of link. Mutualism tends to be a very short- term relationship. The two will both get what they need from each other. On the other hand, commensalism can be long term. An example of mutualism is the symbiotic relationship between the bees and the flowers. An example of commensalism is: Once a golden jackal is banished from his pack, he will trail a tiger to eat.