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Nature. 2006 Apr 6;440(7085):756.

Parasitology: parasite survives predation on its host.

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GEMI, UMR CNRS/IRD 2724, IRD, BP 64501, 34394 Montpellier cedex 5, France. fleur.ponton@mpl.ird.fr

Abstract

As prisoners in their living habitat, parasites should be vulnerable to destruction by the predators of their hosts. But we show here that the parasitic gordian worm Paragordius tricuspidatus is able to escape not only from its insect host after ingestion by a fish or frog but also from the digestive tract of the predator. This remarkable tactic enables the worm to continue its life cycle.

PMID:
16598248
DOI:
10.1038/440756a
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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