Age, intensity of infestation by flea parasites and body mass loss in a rodent host.

@article{Hawlena2006AgeIO,
  title={Age, intensity of infestation by flea parasites and body mass loss in a rodent host.},
  author={Hadas Hawlena and Irina S. Khokhlova and Zvika Abramsky and Boris R Krasnov},
  journal={Parasitology},
  year={2006},
  volume={133 Pt 2},
  pages={187-93}
}
Parasitism by the flea Synosternus cleopatrae does not affect the body mass of its principal rodent host, Gerbillus andersoni under natural infestation levels. We hypothesized that the lack of negative effects of flea parasitism on rodent body mass could be related either to the low level of natural infestation or to the differential susceptibility of rodent age cohorts to flea parasitism. We tested these hypotheses by measuring body mass change under flea parasitism in (a) adult rodents… CONTINUE READING

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