Feather mites on birds: Costs of parasitism or conditional outcomes?

@inproceedings{Blanco2001FeatherMO,
  title={Feather mites on birds: Costs of parasitism or conditional outcomes?},
  author={Guillermo Blanco and Jos{\'e} Luis Tella and Jaime Potti and Arturo Baz},
  year={2001}
}
  • Guillermo Blanco, José Luis Tella, +1 author Arturo Baz
  • Published 2001
  • Biology
  • Feather mites (suborder Astigmata, superfamilies Analgoidea, Pterolichoidea and Freyaniidae) are among the commonest ectosymbionts of birds. Most researchers have assumed they are parasites, having negative effects on hosts. Here we present evidence that suggests that feather mites may not be parasites. We develop a framework for considering conditional outcomes in these interspecific associations, dealing with different kinds of relationships between symbionts. The non-parasitic status of… CONTINUE READING

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