Reproductive success in two species of desert fleas: density dependence and host effect

@article{Khokhlova2007ReproductiveSI,
  title={Reproductive success in two species of desert fleas: density dependence and host effect},
  author={I. Khokhlova and A. Hovhanyan and B. Krasnov and A. Degen},
  journal={Journal of Experimental Biology},
  year={2007},
  volume={210},
  pages={2121 - 2127}
}
SUMMARY We tested the hypothesis that a negative fitness–density relationship exists in haematophagous ectoparasites. We studied the effect of flea density on the number of blood meals necessary for starting oviposition and egg production in Xenopsylla conformis and Xenopsylla ramesis when exploiting two rodent hosts, Meriones crassus and Gerbillus dasyurus. The number of blood meals taken by a flea prior to first oviposition was similar in both flea species but was dependent on flea density… Expand
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