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Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 1995 Sep 12;92(19):8945-9.

Parasite abundance and diversity in mammals: correlates with host ecology.

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Centre for Ecological Sciences, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.

Abstract

Fecally dispersed parasites of 12 wild mammal species in Mudumalai Sanctuary, southern India, were studied. Fecal propagule densities and parasite diversity measures were correlated with host ecological variables. Host species with higher predatory pressure had lower parasite loads and parasite diversity. Host body weight, home range, population density, gregariousness, and diet did not show predicted effects on parasite loads. Measures of alpha diversity were positively correlated with parasite abundance and were negatively correlated with beta diversity. Based on these data, hypotheses regarding determinants of parasite community are discussed.

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