Determinants of parasite species richness on small taxonomical and geographical scales: Lamellodiscus monogeneans of northwestern Mediterranean sparid fish.

Abstract

Determinants of parasite species richness have been investigated in a host-parasite system comprising fish of the family Sparidae and their monogenean gill ectoparasites of the genus Lamellodiscus. This study was carried out on a small geographical scale in the northwestern Mediterranean Sea. Host phylogenetic relationships were taken into account by phylogenetic eigenvector regression which required the reconstruction of a phylogenetic tree for the sparid fish species using mtDNA sequences. Several ecological variables potentially acting on Lamellodiscus species richness were considered. Host body size and host migratory behaviour appeared to be the main determinants of parasite species richness in this system. It is concluded that structuring of monogenean communities is controlled more by ecological than evolutionary factors.

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@article{Desdevises2006DeterminantsOP, title={Determinants of parasite species richness on small taxonomical and geographical scales: Lamellodiscus monogeneans of northwestern Mediterranean sparid fish.}, author={Yves Desdevises}, journal={Journal of helminthology}, year={2006}, volume={80 3}, pages={235-41} }