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Behavioral Adaptations to Parasites: An Ethological Approach
Benjamin L. Hart
The Journal of Parasitology
Vol. 78, No. 2 (Apr., 1992), pp. 256-265
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3283472
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Wild vertebrate animals must live in an environment with the ever present threat of internal and external parasites. This threat by macroparasites is responsible for the natural selection of an array of behavioral adaptations that, together with the immune system and other physiological forms of resistance, enable the animals to survive and reproduce in this environment. Several lines of research, some quite recent, illustrate that specific behavioral patterns can be effective in helping animals or their offspring avoid or control macroparasites that can affect adversely the animal's fitness. These behavioral patterns fall under the general strategies of avoidance behavior and mate selection.
The Journal of Parasitology © 1992 The American Society of Parasitologists