Relationship of host coloniality to the population ecology of avian lice (Insecta: Phthiraptera)

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:1996
Authors:L. Rózsa, Rékási, J., Reiczigel, J.
Journal:Journal of Animal Ecology
Volume:65
Pagination:242 - 248
Date Published:1996
Keywords:bird, cospeciation, host, lice, parasitology, populations, size, specifity, Transmission
Abstract:

1. We test the hypothesis that avian social system (territorial versus colonial) has an impact on the ecological characteristics of avian lice. We compared the louse loads of two congeneric host species, the territorial hooded crow (Corvus corone cornix L.) and the colonial rook (C. frugilegus L.). Each species harboured the same 5 genera of lice; one species of louse was shared, while the other four species on each host were host-specific.

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