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An introduced parasitic fly may lead to local extinction of Darwin's finch populations.
- J. A. Koop, P. S. Kim, Sarah A. Knutie, F. Adler, D. Clayton
- Biology, Medicine
- The Journal of applied ecology
- 1 April 2016
The study demonstrates the predicted high risk of local extinction of an abundant host species, the medium ground finch Geospiza fortis due to an introduced parasite, Philornis downsi, and suggests that careful management practices aimed at reducing parasite prevalence have the potential to significantly lower the risk of host species extinction. Expand