Life history shifts in an exploited African fish following invasion by a castrating parasite

Nestory Peter Gabagambi, Arne Skorping, Mwita Chacha, Kwendwa Jonathan Kihedu & Adele Mennerat
Evolutionary theory predicts that infection by a parasite that reduces future host survival or fecundity should select for increased investment in current reproduction. In this study we use the cestode Ligula intestinalis and its intermediate fish host Engraulicypris sardella in Wissman Bay, Lake Nyasa (Tanzania) as a model system. Using data about infection of E. sardella fish hosts by L. intestinalis collected for a period of 10 years, we explored whether parasite infection affects the...
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