|Publication Type:||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication:||1999|
|Authors:||D. M. Tompkins, Clayton D. H.|
|Journal:||Journal of Animal Ecology|
|Pagination:||489 - 500|
|Keywords:||Apodidae, apus apus, bird, cospeciation, ectoparasite, host specificity, parasite, Phthiraptera, success|
1. An important component of parasite diversity is the specificity for particular host taxa shown by many parasites. Specificity is often assumed to imply adaptive specialization by the parasite to its host, such that parasites are incapable of surviving and reproducing on 'foreign' hosts.
Host resources govern the specificity of swiftlet lice: size matters