Along for the ride or missing it altogether: exploring the host specificity and diversity of haemogregarines in the Canary Islands

Beatriz TomĂŠ, Ana Pereira, FĂĄtima Jorge, Miguel Carretero, D. James Harris & Ana Perera
Abstract Background Host-parasite relationships are expected to be strongly shaped by host specificity, a crucial factor in parasite adaptability and diversification. Because whole host communities have to be considered to assess host specificity, oceanic islands are ideal study systems given their simplified biotic assemblages. Previous studies on insular parasites suggest host range broadening during colonization. Here, we investigate the association between one parasite group (haemogregarines) and multiple sympatric hosts (of three lizard genera: Gallotia, Chalcides...
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