Host resources govern the specificity of swiftlet lice: size matters

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:1999
Authors:D. M. Tompkins, Clayton D. H.
Journal:Journal of Animal Ecology
Volume:68
Issue:3
Pagination:489 - 500
Date Published:1999
Keywords:Apodidae, apus apus, bird, cospeciation, ectoparasite, host specificity, parasite, Phthiraptera, success
Abstract:

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.

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