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Socially acquired host-specific mimicry and the evolution of host races in Horsfield's bronze-cuckoo Chalcites basalis

Langmore, Naomi; Maurer, Golo; Adcock, Gregory; Kilner, Rebecca

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Coevolution between parasites and their hosts typically leads to increasing specialization on host species by the parasite. Where multiple hosts are parasitized, specialization on each host can result in genetic divergence within the parasite population to create host races, and, ultimately, new species. We investigate how host-specific traits arise in Horsfield's bronze-cuckoo Chalcites basalis nestlings. Newly hatched cuckoos evict host young from the nest, yet in the absence of a model they...[Show more]

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Date published: 2008
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/55240
Source: Evolution
DOI: 10.1111/j.1558-5646.2008.00405.x

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