Ancient host specificity within a single species of brood parasitic bird.

  title={Ancient host specificity within a single species of brood parasitic bird.},
  author={Claire N Spottiswoode and Katherine Faust Stryjewski and Suhel Quader and John F R Colebrook-Robjent and Michael D Sorenson},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  volume={108 43},
Parasites that exploit multiple hosts often experience diversifying selection for host-specific adaptations. This can result in multiple strains of host specialists coexisting within a single parasitic species. A long-standing conundrum is how such sympatric host races can be maintained within a single parasitic species in the face of interbreeding among conspecifics specializing on different hosts. Striking examples are seen in certain avian brood parasites such as cuckoos, many of which show… CONTINUE READING
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