No evidence of host specialization in a parasitic pea-crab exploiting two echinoid hosts

@inproceedings{Jossart2013NoEO,
  title={No evidence of host specialization in a parasitic pea-crab exploiting two echinoid hosts},
  author={Quentin Jossart and Bruno Barreto David and Colin De Bruyn and Chantal De Ridder and Thierry Rigaud and R{\'e}mi Andr{\'e} Wattier},
  year={2013}
}
The pinnotherid crab Dissodactylus primitivus lives parasitically on 2 burrowing echinoid species, Meoma ventricosa and Plagiobrissus grandis. The fecundity of female crabs varies between hosts, and is higher when parasitizing P. grandis than M. ventricosa. Moreover, the hosts present great variations in morphology (size and density of spines). These characteristics suggest the potential to differentiate crabs according to host species. We investigated the genetic (microsatellites) and… CONTINUE READING

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