Diving behavior reduces genera richness of lice (Insecta, Phthiraptera) of mammals

  title={Diving behavior reduces genera richness of lice (Insecta, Phthiraptera) of mammals},
  author={Bernadett Felső and Lajos R{\'o}zsa},
  journal={Acta Parasitologica},
  • B. Felső, L. Rózsa
  • Published 1 March 2007
  • Environmental Science, Biology
  • Acta Parasitologica
Lice of mammals spend the entire life cycle in the host hair, thus, the microclimate found near the mammal skin is likely to influence the structure of louse communities. Here we use a comparative approach to examine the effect of mammals’ diving behavior on the taxonomic richness of their lice. We compared the mean genera richness of lice, and — as potential confounding variables — the mean species richness of host, and the mean body mass of host between diving clades and their non-diving… 

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