Parasitism: The Diversity and Ecology of Animal Parasites / Edition 1

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Overview

Nearly all living organisms are exploited by some sort of parasite. But what are parasites? How many different types are there? What exactly is parasitism? In this undergraduate textbook parasitism is described as an ecological relationship. Ecology implies the study of the interaction between organisms and their environments and the fact that parasites' hosts are alive makes this concept even more exciting, combining traditionally disparate disciplines such as immunology and physiology with ecology and epidemiology! All the major groups of animal parasites are described, who they are, how they live, their biogeography, evolution, the influence they exert on their hosts' populations, their immunological, pathological, and biochemical implications. Written in an accessible style, the subject matter is brought to life with numerous illustrations and textboxes containing anecdotal, interesting, and supplementary material. Essential for all undergraduate students studying parasitology, Parasitism: The Diversity and Ecology of Animal Parasites will also be useful reading for graduates and researchers in zoology and ecology.

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"Written in a user-friendly style, this monograph offers an original and most informative approach to the study of animal parasites of medical, veterinary as well as general zoological interest." Jindrich Jíra, Central European Journal of Public Health

"This is a textbook with a difference...Within Parasitism, there is a core of solid, practical, indeed surprising, new information." Biodiversity

"A parasitology textbook that emphasizes diversity, ecology, and evolutionary importance of parasites in the animal kingdom." Wildlife Activist

"...a good choice for courses that emphasize parasite ecology." Science Books & Films

"...an excellent text for the student of general parasitology.... The authors are outstanding scientists and educators and have rendered a book that will be invaluable to the student who is encountering parasitology for the first time." Veterinary Pathology

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521664479
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 580
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface; 1. Introduction; 2. Immunological, pathological and biochemical aspects of parasitism; 3. The protozoa; 4. Platyhelminthes: the flatworms; 5. Nematoda: the roundworms; 6. Acanthocephala: the thorny-headed worms; 7. Pentastomida: the tongue worms; 8. The arthropoda; 9. Parasitism in other metazoan groups; 10. Population concepts; 11. Factors infuencing parasite populations; 12. Influence of parasites on host populations; 13. From reproduction and transmission to colonization; 14. Communities of parasites; 15. Biogeographical aspects; 16. Evolutionary aspects; Glossary; Index.

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