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dc.contributor.authorSTRONA GIOVANNIen_GB
dc.contributor.authorFATTORINI Simoneen_GB
dc.date.accessioned2014-05-14T00:20:40Z-
dc.date.available2014-05-13en_GB
dc.date.available2014-05-14T00:20:40Z-
dc.date.created2014-05-12en_GB
dc.date.issued2014en_GB
dc.date.submitted2013-09-23en_GB
dc.identifier.citationBIOMED RESEARCH INTERNATIONAL vol. 2014 p. 271680en_GB
dc.identifier.issn2314-6133en_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://www.hindawi.com/journals/bmri/2014/271680/en_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC84668-
dc.description.abstractSeveral studies failed to find strong relationships between the biological and ecological features of a host and the number of parasite species it harbours. In particular, host body size and geographical range are generally only weak predictors of parasite species richness, especially when host phylogeny and sampling effort are taken into account. These results, however, have been recently challenged by a meta-analytic study that suggested a prominent role of host body size and range extent in determining parasite species richness (species-area relationships). Here we argue that, in general, results from meta-analyses should not discourage researchers from investigating the reasons for the lack of clear patterns, thus proposing a few tentative explanations to the fact that species-area relationships are infrequent or at least difficult to be detected in most host-parasite systems. The peculiar structure of host-parasite networks, the enemy release hypothesis, the possible discrepancy between host and parasite ranges, and the evolutionary tendency of parasites towards specialization may explain why the observed patterns often do not fit those predicted by species-area relationships.en_GB
dc.description.sponsorshipJRC.H.3-Forest Resources and Climateen_GB
dc.format.mediumOnlineen_GB
dc.languageENGen_GB
dc.publisherHINDAWI PUBLISHING CORPORATIONen_GB
dc.relation.ispartofseriesJRC84668en_GB
dc.titleA Few Good Reasons Why Species-Area Relationships Do Not Work for Parasitesen_GB
dc.typeArticles in periodicals and booksen_GB
dc.identifier.doi10.1155/2014/271680en_GB
JRC Directorate:Sustainable Resources

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