Comparative phylogeography between two generalist flea species reveal a complex interaction between parasite life history and host vicariance: parasite-host association matters

@inproceedings{Mescht2015ComparativePB,
  title={Comparative phylogeography between two generalist flea species reveal a complex interaction between parasite life history and host vicariance: parasite-host association matters},
  author={Luther van der Mescht and Sonja Matthee and Conrad A Matthee},
  booktitle={BMC Evolutionary Biology},
  year={2015}
}
BackgroundIn parasitic taxa, life history traits such as microhabitat preference and host specificity can result in differential evolutionary responses to similar abiotic events. The present study investigates the influence of vicariance and host association on the genetic structure of two generalist flea species, Listropsylla agrippinae, and Chiastopsylla rossi. The taxa differ in the time spent on the host (predominantly fur vs. nest) and level of host specificity.ResultsA total of 1056 small… CONTINUE READING

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