Sex-biased parasitism, seasonality and sexual size dimorphism in desert rodents

@article{Krasnov2005SexbiasedPS,
  title={Sex-biased parasitism, seasonality and sexual size dimorphism in desert rodents},
  author={Boris R Krasnov and Serge Morand and Hadas Hawlena and Irina S. Khokhlova and Georgy I. Shenbrot},
  journal={Oecologia},
  year={2005},
  volume={146},
  pages={209-217}
}
We investigated seasonality of gender differences in the patterns of flea infestation in nine rodent species to test if sex-biased parasitism in terms of mean abundance, species richness, prevalence and the level of aggregation (a) varies among hosts and between seasons, and (b) is linked to sexual size dimorphism. Sexual size differences were significant in both summer and winter in Acomys cahirinus, Gerbillus pyramidum and Meriones crassus, and in winter only in Acomys russatus, Gerbillus… CONTINUE READING

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