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Host density predicts the probability of parasitism by avian brood parasites

Medina, Iliana; Langmore, Naomi


The spatial distribution of hosts can be a determining factor in the reproductive success of parasites. Highly aggregated hosts may offer more opportunities for reproduction but can have better defences than isolated hosts. Here we connect macro- and micro-evolutionary processes to understand the link between host density and parasitism, using avian brood parasites as a model system. We analyse data across more than 200 host species using phylogenetic comparative analyses and quantify...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2019-02-11
Type: Journal article
Source: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London Series B
DOI: 10.1098/rstb.2018.0204
Access Rights: Open Access


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