Parasites boost biodiversity and change animal community structure by trait-mediated indirect effects

@inproceedings{Mouritsen2005ParasitesBB,
  title={Parasites boost biodiversity and change animal community structure by trait-mediated indirect effects},
  author={Kim N Mouritsen and Robert Poulin},
  year={2005}
}
Parasitism has long been emphasised as an important process structuring animal communities. However, empirical evidence documenting the impact of parasites in other than simple laboratory settings is lacking. Here we examine the trait-mediated indirect effects of echinostome trematodes on a New Zealand soft bottom intertidal community of macroinvertebrates. Curtuteria australis and a second related but undescribed trematode both utilise the cockle Austrovenus stutchburyi as second intermediate… CONTINUE READING

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