The Art of Being a Parasite

The Art of Being a Parasite

by Claude Combes
     
 

ISBN-10: 0226114295

ISBN-13: 9780226114293

Pub. Date: 09/01/2005

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

Parasites are a masterful work of evolutionary art. The tiny mite Histiostoma laboratorium, a parasite of Drosophila, launches itself, in an incredible display of evolutionary engineering, like a surface-to-air missile at a fruit fly far above its head. Gravid mussels such as Lampsilis ventricosa undulate excitedly as they release their

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Parasites are a masterful work of evolutionary art. The tiny mite Histiostoma laboratorium, a parasite of Drosophila, launches itself, in an incredible display of evolutionary engineering, like a surface-to-air missile at a fruit fly far above its head. Gravid mussels such as Lampsilis ventricosa undulate excitedly as they release their parasitic larval offspring, conning greedy predators in search of a tasty meal into hosting the parasite.

The Art of Being a Parasite is an extensive collection of these and other wonderful and weird stories that illuminate the ecology and evolution of interactions between species. Claude Combes illustrates what it means to be a parasite by considering every stage of its interactions, from invading to reproducing and leaving the host. An accessible and engaging follow-up to Combes's Parasitism, this book will be of interest to both scholars and nonspecialists in the fields of biodiversity, natural history, ecology, public health, and evolution.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226114293
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
09/01/2005
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: What Is a Symbiosis?
1. Arms Races
2. How Does One Become a Parasite?
3. The Profession of Parasite
4. The Profession of Host
5. The Profession of Mutualist
6. Alice and the Red Queen
7. Sexual Selection and Parasitism
8. Parasites in Space and Time
9. Emerging Diseases and the Future Arms Race
Notes
Glossary
References
Index

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