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Paratenic hosts as regular transmission route in the acanthocephalan Pomphorhynchus laevis: potential implications for food webs.
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PMID:  21814810     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Although trophically transmitted parasites are recognized to strongly influence food-web dynamics through their ability to manipulate host phenotype, our knowledge of their host spectrum is often imperfect. This is particularly true for the facultative paratenic hosts, which receive little interest. We investigated the occurrence and significance both in terms of ecology and evolution of paratenic hosts in the life cycle of the fish acanthocephalan Pomphorhynchus laevis. This freshwater parasite uses amphipods as intermediate hosts and cyprinids and salmonids as definitive hosts. Within a cohort of parasite larvae, usually reported in amphipod intermediate hosts, more than 90% were actually hosted by small-sized fish. We demonstrated experimentally, using one of these fish, that they get infected through the consumption of parasitized amphipods and contribute to the parasite's transmission to a definitive host, hence confirming their paratenic host status. A better knowledge of paratenic host spectrums could help us to understand the fine tuning of transmission strategies, to better estimate parasite biomass, and could improve our perception of parasite subwebs in terms of host-parasite and predator-parasite links.
Vincent Médoc; Thierry Rigaud; Sébastien Motreuil; Marie-Jeanne Perrot-Minnot; Loïc Bollache
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-8-4
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Title:  Die Naturwissenschaften     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1432-1904     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Aug 
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Created Date:  2011-8-4     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  0400767     Medline TA:  Naturwissenschaften     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
UMR CNRS 5561 Biogéosciences, Université de Bourgogne, 21000, Dijon, France,
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