Parasites and the Behavior of Animals by Janice Moore

Parasites and the Behavior of Animals

byJanice Moore

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When a parasite invades an ant, does the ant behave like other ants? Maybe not-and if it doesn't, who, if anyone, benefits from the altered behaviors? The parasite? The ant? Parasites and the Behavior of Animals shows that parasite-induced behavioral alterations are more common than wemight realize, and it places these alterations in an evolutionary and ecological context. Emphasizing eukaryotic parasites, the book examines the adaptive nature of behavioral changes associated with parasitism, exploring the effects of these changes on parasite transmission, parasite avoidance,and the fitness of both host and parasite. The behavioral changes and their effects are not always straightforward. To the extent that virulence, for instance, is linked to parasite transmission, the evolutionary interests of parasite and host will diverge, and the current winner of the contest to maximize reproductive rates may not beclear, or, for that matter, inevitable. Nonetheless, by affecting susceptibility, host/parasite lifespan and fecundity, and transmission itself, host behavior influences parameters that are basic to our comprehension of how parasites invade host populations, and fundamentally, how parasites evolve. Such an understanding is important for a wide range of scientists, from ecologists and parasitologists to evolutionary, conservation and behavioral biologists: The behavioral alterations that parasites induce can subtly and profoundly affect the distribution and abundance of animals.

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Janice Moore is at Colorado State University.
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Title:Parasites and the Behavior of AnimalsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:338 pages, 9.09 × 6.1 × 0.98 inPublished:January 31, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Life Cycles: Blueprints for R03. Behavioral Alterations and Parasite Transmission4. Behavioral Alterations and Avoiding Parasites5. Behavioral Alterations and the Fitness and Longevity of Infected Hosts6. Concluding RemarksAppendix: TablesBibliographyIndex

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"Her book is a gripping account of the sometimes spectacular behavioural (and morphological) alterations caused by parasites. ... Moore's writing is witty and conveys the flavour of her deep interest in beasts that most people like to avoid. ... the book is a pleasant read (even though someexamples can send chills up your spine), a highly stimulating survey of the field, and certainly a reference for years to come. Everyone with a general interest in biology who can still be amazed by the awesome power of natural selection should look at this book."--Nature