Reduced host-specificity in a parasite infecting non-littoral Lake Tanganyika cichlids evidenced by intraspecific morphological and genetic diversity

@article{Kmentov2016ReducedHI,
  title={Reduced host-specificity in a parasite infecting non-littoral Lake Tanganyika cichlids evidenced by intraspecific morphological and genetic diversity},
  author={Nikol Kmentov{\'a} and Milan Gelnar and Monika Mendlov{\'a} and Maarten Van Steenberge and Stephan Koblm{\"u}ller and Maarten P. M. Vanhove},
  journal={Scientific Reports},
  year={2016},
  volume={6}
}
Lake Tanganyika is well-known for its high species-richness and rapid radiation processes. Its assemblage of cichlid fishes recently gained momentum as a framework to study parasite ecology and evolution. It offers a rare chance to investigate the influence of a deepwater lifestyle in a freshwater fish-parasite system. Our study represents the first investigation of parasite intraspecific genetic structure related to host specificity in the lake. It focused on the monogenean flatworm… 
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