Parasites and the Behavior of Animals (Oxford Series in by Janice Moore PDF

By Janice Moore

ISBN-10: 0195146530

ISBN-13: 9780195146530

whilst a parasite invades an ant, does the ant behave like different ants? perhaps not-and if it does not, who, if a person, advantages from the altered behaviors? The parasite? The ant? Parasites and the habit of Animals indicates that parasite-induced behavioral changes are extra universal than we'd observe, and it locations those changes in an evolutionary and ecological context. Emphasizing eukaryotic parasites, the booklet examines the adaptive nature of behavioral adjustments linked to parasitism, exploring the results of those adjustments on parasite transmission, parasite avoidance, and the health of either host and parasite.
The behavioral alterations and their results usually are not constantly common. To the level that virulence, for example, is associated with parasite transmission, the evolutionary pursuits of parasite and host will diverge, and the present winner of the competition to maximise reproductive charges is probably not transparent, or, for that topic, inevitable. still, by way of affecting susceptibility, host/parasite lifespan and fecundity, and transmission itself, host habit impacts parameters which are uncomplicated to our comprehension of ways parasites invade host populations, and essentially, how parasites evolve. Such an figuring out is critical for quite a lot of scientists, from ecologists and parasitologists to evolutionary, conservation and behavioral biologists: The behavioral adjustments that parasites set off can subtly and profoundly have an effect on the distribution and abundance of animals.

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