Innate anti-predator behavior can promote infection in fish even in the absence of predators

Victor Mikheev, Anna Pasternak, Andrey Morozov & Jouni Taskinen
Natural enemies - predators and parasites - largely shape the dynamics of ecosystems. It is known that anti-predator and anti-parasite defense can be mutually conflicting, however consequences of this trade-off for the regulation of infection burden in animals are still poorly understood. We hypothesize that even in the absence of cues from predators, innate anti-predator behavior (“ghost of predation past”) interferes with defense against parasites and can enhance the infection risk. As a case study,...
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