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Sex-biased parasitism, seasonality and sexual size dimorphism in desert rodents
We investigated seasonality of gender differences in the patterns of flea infestation in nine rodent species to test if sex-biased parasitism in terms of mean abundance, species richness, prevalenceExpand
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Phylogenetic Signal in Module Composition and Species Connectivity in Compartmentalized Host-Parasite Networks
Across different taxa, networks of mutualistic or antagonistic interactions show consistent architecture. Most networks are modular, with modules being distinct species subsets connected mainly withExpand
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Flea species richness and parameters of host body, host geography and host ‘milieu’
Summary 1 We have assessed how different host parameters affect species richness of flea assemblages using the independent contrasts method. Three groups of host parameters were examined. TheExpand
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Spatial variation in species diversity and composition of flea assemblages in small mammalian hosts: geographical distance or faunal similarity?
Aim Spatial variation in the diversity of fleas parasitic on small mammals was examined to answer three questions. (1) Is the diversity of flea assemblages repeatable among populations of the sameExpand
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Bartonella infection in rodents and their flea ectoparasites: an overview.
Epidemiological studies worldwide have reported a high prevalence and a great diversity of Bartonella species, both in rodents and their flea parasites. The interaction among Bartonella, wildExpand
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Host-habitat relations as an important determinant of spatial distribution of flea assemblages (Siphonaptera) on rodents in the Negev Desert.
We studied flea assemblages on rodents in different habitats of the Ramon erosion cirque in the Negev Desert to examine whether host-habitat relations influence flea spatial distribution. Eleven fleaExpand
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Ectoparasitic “Jacks‐of‐All‐Trades”: Relationship between Abundance and Host Specificity in Fleas (Siphonaptera) Parasitic on Small Mammals
Animal species with larger local populations tend to be widespread across many localities, whereas species with smaller local populations occur in fewer localities. This pattern is well documentedExpand
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Assembly rules of ectoparasite communities across scales: combining patterns of abiotic factors, host composition, geographic space, phylogeny and traits
We investigated the role of environmental fi ltering as an underlying mechanism of assembly of compound communities of fl eas parasitic on Palearctic small mammals at two spatial scales; aExpand
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Average daily metabolic rate of rodents: habitat and dietary comparisons
1. Average daily metabolic rate (ADMR) is the metabolizable energy intake required by a caged animal to maintain constant body energy content. Linear regression of standardized, phylogeneticallyExpand
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Ectoparasitism and stress hormones: strategy of host exploitation, common host-parasite history and energetics matter.
Parasites are thought to have numerous negative effects on their hosts. These negative effects may be associated with stress in a host. We evaluated the effects of four species of flea ectoparasitesExpand
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