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Behavior favoring transmission in the viviparous monogenean Gyrodactylus turnbulli

Cable, Joanne, Scott, E. C., Tinsley, R. C. and Harris, P. D. 2002. Behavior favoring transmission in the viviparous monogenean Gyrodactylus turnbulli. Journal of Parasitology 88 (1) , pp. 183-184.

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Transmission by Gyrodactylus turnbulli occurs most frequently when its hosts (Poecilia reticulata) come into close contact. This study is the first description of a specific migratory behavior that facilitates transmission of a gyrodactylid from dead hosts. Recently-dead guppies typically float at the water's surface; G. turnbulli moves off these fish into the water film, hanging motionless with the haptor held by surface tension. Because guppies are surface feeders, detached parasites in the water film are more likely to contact a new host.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Biosciences
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
Publisher: American Society of Parasitologists
ISSN: 0022-3395
Last Modified: 19 Feb 2019 16:05

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