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Nestedness in assemblages of gyrodactylids (Monogenea: Gyrodactylidae) parasitising two species of cyprinid - with reference to generalists and specialists



Year of publication 2000
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source International Journal for Parasitology
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Faculty of Science

Field Zoology
Keywords nestedness; geralists; specialists; gyrodactylids; monogenea
Description The structure of gyrodactylid assemblages in individual fishes of two species of cyprinid was determined. A total of 100 specimens of minnow, Phoxinus phoxinus, and 137 specimens of roach, Rutilus rutilus, were investigated. Host specificity, was denoted in each host fish. A nested pattern was recorded in parasite assemblages of minnow, the host with dominant number of specialists gyrodactylids. A non-nested pattern was observed in parasite assemblages of roach, the host with a dominant number of generalist gyrodactylids. The host specificity appears to be a meaningful factor thet determine the pattern of gyrodactylid assemblages of both hosts.
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