Reflecting the enormous advances made in the field over the past ten years,...
580 pages, 319 b/w illustrations, 42 tables
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.
"The authors and publishers have succeeded in producing a book that conveys all the fascinating complexity of host-parasite associations, and that should stimulate students to pursue postgraduate research and careers in parasitology. I would not hesitate to recommend it as the textbook of choice for any parasitology course with an ecological flavour."
- Robert Poulin, Parasitology
"The book is well written, clearly structured and excellently illustrated."
- Zoologischer Anzeiger
"[...] useful as an introduction to parasitology [...] the book will find its place on the shelf of already accomplished parasitologists, too."-
- Jiri Lom, Folia Parasitologica
"[...] going to be a very useful textbook [...] this is an excellent book [...] and a bargain at the price."-
- F. E. G. Cox, Biologist
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
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