Parasitism - The Diversity and Ecology of Animal Parasites
Edited by Albert O. Bush, Jacqueline C. Fernandez, Gerald W. Esch, J. Richard Seed
Cambridge University Press
Almost all living organisms are exploited by parasites of one type or another. But
what are parasites? How many different types are there? And 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 and
how they live. Also examined are their biogeography, evolution, and the way they influence
the populations of their hosts and the immunological, pathological and biochemical implications
of parasites. 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 Ecology and
Diversity of Animal Parasites will also be useful reading for graduates and researchers in
zoology and ecology.
Paperback 576 pp, 157 diags, 162 illus, 42 tabs, 319 figs ISBN 9780521664479
1. Introduction: Parasitism in perspective; Symbiotic relationships; Kinds of parasites;
Kinds of hosts; Ecology and host-parasite relationships; 2. Immunological, pathological and
biochemical aspects of parasitism: Host resistance: immunoecology; Pathology; Biochemistry:
physiological ecology; Metabolism in an environmental context; 3. The Protozoa: Introduction;
Phylum Sarcomastigophora; Phylum Apicomplexa; Phylum Ciliophora; 4. Platyhelminthes:
the flatworms: Temnocephalida; Udonellidea; Aspidobothrea; Digenea; Monogenea;
Gyrocotylidea; Amphilinidea; Eucestoda; Phylogenetic considerations; 5. Nematoda:
the roundworms; 6. Acanthocephala: the thorny-headed worms; 7. Pentastomida:
the tongue worms; 8. The Arthropoda: Crustacea; Arachnida; Insecta; Phylogenetic
considerations; 9. Parasitism in other metazoan groups: Porifera: the sponges;
Cnidaria: hydras, jellyfishes, anemones, corals; Myxozoa; Ctenophora: the combjellies;
Mesozoa; Nemertea: the ribbon worms; Nematomorpha: the horse hair worms; Rotifera:
the wheel animals; Annelida: polychaetes, earthworms, and leeches; Echiuria: the
spoonworms; Mollusca: mussels, clams, snails, squids and the like; 10. Population
concepts: Background; General definitions; Factors affecting parasite populations; The
dispersion concept; Dynamics of population growth; 11. Factors infuencing parasite
populations: Density-independent factors; Density dependent factors; Suprapopulation
dynamics; 12. Influence of parasites on host populations: Introduction to the concept of
regulation; Crofton€s approach; Aggregation and regulation; Epidemiological implications;
Models; 13. From reproduction and transmission to colonization: Reproduction and
fecundity; Transmission and dispersal; Dispersion, colonization, and the theory of island
biogeography; 14. Communities of parasites: General considerations; The kinds of
communities of parasites; Describing and quantifying parasite communities; The kinds of
parasites found in communities; Niche restriction in parasites; The composition of
parasite communities - species richness; The structure of parasite communities; 15.
Biogeographical aspects: factors affecting the geographical distribution of parasites;
Patterns of distribution; Ecological aspects; Applied aspects of biogeography; 16.
Evolutionary aspects: Microevolution; Evolutionary biology of parasites; Evolution of
host-parasite associations; Parasite influence on the evolutionary biology of the host.
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