Parasite Communities: Patterns And Processes by Gerald W. EschParasite Communities: Patterns And Processes by Gerald W. Esch

Parasite Communities: Patterns And Processes

EditorGerald W. Esch

Paperback | September 28, 2011

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We first discussed the possibility of organizing a symposium on helminth communities in June, 1986. At that time, we were engaged in writing a joint paper on potential structuring mechanisms in helminth communities; we disagreed on a number of issues. We felt the reason for such debate was because the discipline was in a great state of flux, with many new concepts and approaches being introduced with increasing frequency. After consider­ able discussion about the need, scope and the inevitable limitations of such a symposium, we decided that the time was ripe to bring other ecologists, engaged in similar research, face-to-face. There were many individuals from whom to choose; we selected those who were actively publishing on helminth communities or those who had expertise in areas which we felt were particularly appropriate. We compiled a list of potential participants, contacted them and received unanimous support to organize such a symposium. Our intent was to cover several broad areas, fully recognizing that breadth negates depth (at least with a publisher's limitation on the number of pages). We felt it important to consider patterns amongst different kinds of hosts because this is where we had disagreed among ourselves.
Title:Parasite Communities: Patterns And ProcessesFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:9.25 × 6.1 × 0.07 inShipping dimensions:9.25 × 6.1 × 0.07 inPublished:September 28, 2011Publisher:Springer NetherlandsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:9401068631

ISBN - 13:9789401068635


Table of Contents

1 Patterns and processes in helminth parasite communities: an overview.- 2 Host populations as resources defining parasite community organization.- 3 Spatial scale and the processes structuring a guild of larval trematode parasites.- 4 Guild structure of larval trematodes in molluscan hosts: prevalence, dominance and significance in competition.- 5 Helminth communities in marine fishes.- 6 Helminth communities in freshwater fish: structured communities of stochastic assemblages?.- 7 Helminth communities of amphibians and reptiles: comparative approaches to understanding patterns and processes.- 8 Helminth communities in avian hosts: determinants of pattern.- 9 Helminth community of mammalian hosts: concepts at the infracommunity, component and compound community levels.- 10 Models for multi-species parasite-host communities.- 11 Free-living communities and alimentary tract helminths: hypotheses and pattern analyses.- 12 Concluding remarks.