Parasites and the Behavior of Animals

Parasites and the Behavior of Animals

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This volume presents ecological consequences and evolutionary mechanisms that may be associated with behavioral alterations in parasitized hosts. Alterations may result from natural selection favoring the host or parasite, or there may be side effects of physiological changes associated with symbiosis. This book summarizes the literature in this area, showing that reports of alteration may frequently be consistent with more than one evolutionary explanation and that rigorous tests are needed before the phenomenon can be understood and placed in a predictive framework. Such understanding is important, because these behavioral alterations have been shown to have the potential to affect the distribution of animals in nature and their interactions with predators and competitors, and the alterations may have implications for vector biology.
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  • Hardback | 326 pages
  • 160 x 240.8 x 23.9mm | 689.47g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • numerous halftones and figures; 1 colour plate
  • 0195084411
  • 9780195084412

Table of contents

1. Introduction; 2. Life Cycles: Blueprints for R0; 3. Behavioral Alterations and Parasite Transmission; 4. Behavioral Alterations and Avoiding Parasites; 5. Behavioral Alterations and the Fitness and Longevity; 5. Behavioral Alterations and the Fitness and Longevity of Infected Hosts; 6. Concluding Remarks; Appendix: Table; Bibliography; Index
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Moore has managed to capture the spirit of why she does what she does, the magic of discovery in a virtually unknown world ... All of this is done in a comfortable, conversational writing style and with a perfect mix of ilustrations that does not in any way detract from the scholarly nature of the text. Moore is not only very good at what she does, she is also very good at explaining it ... this book is going to inspire students to take up the challenge in the nextgeneration. BioScience A gripping account of the sometimes spectacular behavioural ( and morphological) alterations caused by parasites ... Everyone with a general interest in biology who can still be amazed by the awesome power of natural selection should look at this book. NATURE
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