VARIATION IN HOST SPECIFICITY BETWEEN SPECIES OF AVIAN HEMOSPORIDIAN PARASITES: EVIDENCE FROM PARASITE MORPHOLOGY AND CYTOCHROME B GENE SEQUENCES

@inproceedings{Krianauskien2006VARIATIONIH,
  title={VARIATION IN HOST SPECIFICITY BETWEEN SPECIES OF AVIAN HEMOSPORIDIAN PARASITES: EVIDENCE FROM PARASITE MORPHOLOGY AND CYTOCHROME B GENE SEQUENCES},
  author={Asta Kri{\vz}anauskienė and Olof Hellgren and Vladislav Kosarev and Leonid V. Sokolov and Staffan Bensch and Gediminas Valkiūnas},
  booktitle={The Journal of parasitology},
  year={2006}
}
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