Data from: Apparent vector-mediated parent-to-offspring transmission in an avian malaria-like parasite

Nayden Chakarov, Burkhard Linke, Martina Boerner, Alexander Goesmann, Oliver Krüger & Joseph I. Hoffman
Parasite transmission strategies strongly impact host–parasite co-evolution and virulence. However, studies of vector-borne parasites such as avian malaria have neglected the potential effects of host relatedness on the exchange of parasites. To test whether extended parental care in the presence of vectors increases the probability of transmission from parents to offspring, we used high-throughput sequencing to develop microsatellites for malaria-like Leucocytozoon parasites of a wild raptor population. We show that host siblings carry genetically more...
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