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Introduced species and their missing parasites
- M. Torchin, K. Lafferty, A. Dobson, V. McKenzie, A. Kuris
- Biology, Environmental ScienceNature
- 6 February 2003
The number of parasite species found in native populations is twice that found in exotic populations, and introduced populations are less heavily parasitized than are native populations.
REPORT OF AN AD HOC COMMITTEE OF THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF PARASITOLOGISTS)
An ad hoc committee to establish working definitions of a few terms used and misused by parasitological ecologists was appointed as a guide for authors submitting papers to The Journal of Parasitology.
Parasites in food webs: the ultimate missing links
Parasitism is the most common consumer strategy among organisms, yet only recently has there been a call for the inclusion of infectious disease agents in food webs. The value of this effort hinges…
Parasites dominate food web links.
The inclusion of parasites revealed that mid-trophic levels, not low trophic levels, suffered the highest vulnerability to natural enemies, and showed that food webs are very incomplete without parasites.
Ecosystem energetic implications of parasite and free-living biomass in three estuaries
It is shown that parasites have substantial biomass in these ecosystems and that the annual production of free-swimming trematode transmission stages was greater than the combined biomass of all quantified parasites and was also greater than bird biomass.
Release from Parasites as Natural Enemies: Increased Performance of a Globally Introduced Marine Crab
A global assessment of the effect of parasitism and predation on the ecological performance of European green crab populations found that introduced species suffer less from parasites compared to populations where they are native.
Morphotypic differentiation of male Malaysian giant prawns, Macrobrachium rosenbergii
Parasites and marine invasions
This review compares the prevalence and species richness of parasites in several introduced populations of marine species with populations where they are native and examines the evidence for a relationship between parasite presence and the success of introduced marine species.
Guild structure of larval trematodes in molluscan hosts: prevalence, dominance and significance of competition
- A. Kuris
The organizational features of parasite communities in invertebrate hosts may be studied using the most powerful methodologies available to community ecologists, such as Castilla and Paine, 1987.
Social organization in a flatworm: trematode parasites form soldier and reproductive castes
- R. Hechinger, A. C. Wood, A. Kuris
- BiologyProceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological…
- 7 March 2011
The division of labour described here for trematodes is strongly analogous to that characterizing other social systems with a soldier caste, and indicates the general importance of ecological factors in influencing the evolution of social behaviour.