Body size and meta-community structure: the allometric scaling of parasitic worm communities in their mammalian hosts.

@article{Leo2016BodySA,
  title={Body size and meta-community structure: the allometric scaling of parasitic worm communities in their mammalian hosts.},
  author={Giulio A De Leo and Andrew P Dobson and Marino Gatto},
  journal={Parasitology},
  year={2016},
  volume={143 7},
  pages={
          880-93
        }
}
In this paper we derive from first principles the expected body sizes of the parasite communities that can coexist in a mammal of given body size. We use a mixture of mathematical models and known allometric relationships to examine whether host and parasite life histories constrain the diversity of parasite species that can coexist in the population of any host species. The model consists of one differential equation for each parasite species and a single density-dependent nonlinear equation… CONTINUE READING
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