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Ecology of the Acanthocephala - C. R. Kennedy

Ecology of the Acanthocephala

Paperback Published: 19th July 2012
ISBN: 9781107405301
Number Of Pages: 260

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Acanthocephalans, or spiny-headed worms, are endoparasites found in almost all marine, freshwater and terrestrial systems. They infect a huge range of definitive and intermediate hosts during their life cycles, including both vertebrates and arthropods. This volume, first published in 2006, examines the distribution and abundance of the Acanthocephala, and uses this ecological information to reveal the group's enormous survival success. It discusses how the acanthocephalans have evolved differently to all other groups of parasites, and represent a distinct and alternative pathway of parasite evolution and host parasite-interactions. Written for graduate students and researchers in parasitology, ecology and zoology or anyone interested in reading about parasite ecology and evolution.

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'The book has been produced with care, both by the author and the publisher, and is enjoyable to read ... I can honestly recommend this book as a good read, more so because its raison d'etre was not to promote yet another human pathogen but to express the intrinsically fascinating biology shown by this small, but not unassuming, group of parasites. In this it succeeds admirably.' Biologist

Preface
Introduction
Life cycles and transmission
Biogeography and distribution
Specificity
Host-parasite interactions
Population dynamics
Community dynamics
Introductions and extinctions
Relations to ecosystem changes
Conclusions
References
Index
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ISBN: 9781107405301
ISBN-10: 1107405300
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 260
Published: 19th July 2012
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.35

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