Sex-Specific Differences in Shoaling Affect Parasite Transmission in Guppies

@inproceedings{Richards2010SexSpecificDI,
  title={Sex-Specific Differences in Shoaling Affect Parasite Transmission in Guppies},
  author={Elizabeth L. Richards and Cock van Oosterhout and Joanne Cable},
  booktitle={PloS one},
  year={2010}
}
BACKGROUND Individuals have to trade-off the costs and benefits of group membership during shoaling behaviour. Shoaling can increase the risk of parasite transmission, but this cost has rarely been quantified experimentally. Guppies (Poecilia reticulata) are a model system for behavioural studies, and they are commonly infected by gyrodactylid parasites, notorious fish pathogens that are directly transmitted between guppy hosts. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS Parasite transmission in single… CONTINUE READING

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