Differential effects of experimental increases in sociality on ectoparasites of free-ranging raccoons.

@article{Monello2010DifferentialEO,
  title={Differential effects of experimental increases in sociality on ectoparasites of free-ranging raccoons.},
  author={Ryan J. Monello and Matthew Edzart Gompper},
  journal={The Journal of animal ecology},
  year={2010},
  volume={79 3},
  pages={602-9}
}
1. Parasite transmission depends on the rate at which hosts come into contact with one another or the infectious stages of parasites. However, host contact rates and their influence on parasite transmission are difficult to quantify in natural settings and can fluctuate with host behaviour and the ecological constraints of parasites. 2. We investigated how experimental increases in rates of contact and social aggregation affected ectoparasite prevalence and intensity of free-ranging raccoons… CONTINUE READING