Intraspecific Reservoirs : Complex Life History and the Persistence of a Lethal Ranavirus

@inproceedings{BrunnerIntraspecificR,
  title={Intraspecific Reservoirs : Complex Life History and the Persistence of a Lethal Ranavirus},
  author={Jesse L. Brunner and Danna M. Schock and Elizabeth W. Davidson and James P. Collins}
}
Virulent parasites cannot persist in small host populations unless the parasite also has a reservoir host. We hypothesize that, in hosts with complex life histories, one stage may act as an intraspecific reservoir for another. In amphibians, for example, larvae often occur at high densities, but these densities are ephemeral and fixed in space, whereas metamorphs are long-lived and vagile but may be very sparse. Parasite persistence is unlikely in either stage alone, but transmission between… CONTINUE READING

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