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Trematodes indicate animal biodiversity in the chilean intertidal and Lake Tanganyika

Journal of Parasitology

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DOI: 10.1645/GE-1381.1

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Abstract

Trematode communities in populations of estuarine snails can reflect surrounding animal diversity, abundance, and trophic interactions. We know less about the potential for trematodes to serve as bioindicators in other habitats. Here, we reanalyze data from 2 published studies concerning trematodes, 1 in the Chilean rocky intertidal zone and the other from the East African rift lake, Lake Tanganyika. Our analyses indicate that trematodes are more common in protected areas and that in both habitats they are directly and positively related to surrounding host abundance. This further supports the notion that trematodes in first intermediate hosts can serve as bioindicators of the condition of free-living animal communities in diverse ecosystems. ?? American Society of Parasitologists 2008.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Trematodes indicate animal biodiversity in the chilean intertidal and Lake Tanganyika
Series title:
Journal of Parasitology
DOI:
10.1645/GE-1381.1
Volume
94
Issue:
4
Year Published:
2008
Language:
English
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
First page:
966
Last page:
968