Latitudinal influence on gametogenesis and host-parasite ecology in a marine bivalve model

Kate Mahony, Sharon Lynch, Sian Egerton, Rebecca Laffan, Simão Correia, Xavier De Montaudouin, Nathalie Mesmer-Dudons, Rosa Maria Freitas & Sarah Culloty
Reproduction and parasites have significant impacts on marine animal populations globally. This study aimed to investigate the associative effects of host reproduction and a host-parasite interplay on a marine bivalve, along a geographic gradient of latitude. Cockles Cerastoderma edule were sampled from five European sites (54°N to 40°N), between April 2018 and October 2019. A histological survey provided data on trematode (metacercaria and sporocyst life stages), prevalence and cockle stage of gametogenesis to assess the...
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