The Ecological Significance of Helminth Endoparasites on the Physiological Performance of Two Sympatric Fishes

@inproceedings{Lutterschmidt2007TheES,
  title={The Ecological Significance of Helminth Endoparasites on the Physiological Performance of Two Sympatric Fishes},
  author={W. I. Lutterschmidt and J. Schaefer and R. Fiorillo},
  year={2007}
}
Abstract We investigated the effects of helminth endoparasite load on the physiological performance of 2 sympatric fishes, Lepomis macrochirus and Lepomis megalotis (Centrarchidae). Species-specific swimming endurance and thermal tolerance were used as measures of physiological performance. A discriminant function analysis for endurance indicated that only kidney parasite load significantly correlated with the first discriminant function. However, overall increases in parasite load within the… CONTINUE READING
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