A jack-of-all-trades and still a master of some: prevalence and host range in avian malaria and related blood parasites.

@article{Hellgren2009AJA,
  title={A jack-of-all-trades and still a master of some: prevalence and host range in avian malaria and related blood parasites.},
  author={Olof Hellgren and Javier P{\'e}rez-Tris and Staffan Bensch},
  journal={Ecology},
  year={2009},
  volume={90 10},
  pages={2840-9}
}
A parasite's ability to be a specialist vs. a generalist may have consequences for its prevalence within one or more if its host species. In this study we investigated the relationship between host specialization and prevalence in the highly species diverse avian blood parasites of the genera Plasmodium and Haemoproteus. Contrary to trade-off hypotheses that may explain host specialization, within both genera the parasites with the ability to complete their life cycles and be transmitted across… CONTINUE READING

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