|Publication Type:||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication:||1997|
|Journal:||Journal of Parasitology|
|Pagination:||543 - 544|
The sex-ratio pattern of an exceptional population of human head-lice (collected in the Colombo Prison, Ceylon, in 1934 to 1936) was found to be consistent with a current hypothesis on adaptive sex-ratio manipulation. Data suggest that the louse burdens were isolated and, therefore, small burdens were inbred. Thus local mate competition favored females that produced offspring with a female bias. This is the first report to suggest that anopluran lice are capable of adaptive sex-ratio manipulation.
Adaptive sex ratio manipulation in Pediculus humanus capitis: Possible interpretations of Buxton's data