The Art of Being a Parasite
by Claude Combes;Daniel Simberloff (9780226114293)

The Art of Being a Parasite
 
Claude Combes;Daniel Simberloff
Release Date: 15 September 2005
Format: Hardback
Pages: 280
Category: Parasitology (non-medical)
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226114293
ISBN-10: 0226114295



Parasites are a masterful work of evolutionary art. The tiny mite "Histiostoma laboratorium," a parasite of" Drosophila," launches itself, in an incredible display of evolutionary engineering, like a surface-to-air missile at a fruit fly far above its head. Gravid mussels such as "Lampsilis ventricosa "undulate excitedly as they release their parasitic larval offspring, conning greedy predators in search of a tasty meal into hosting the parasite.
"The Art of Being a Parasite" is an extensive collection of these and other wonderful and weird stories that illuminate the ecology and evolution of interactions between species. Claude Combes illustrates what it means to be a parasite by considering every stage of its interactions, from invading to reproducing and leaving the host. An accessible and engaging follow-up to Combes's "Parasitism," this book will be of interest to both scholars and nonspecialists in the fields of biodiversity, natural history, ecology, public health, and evolution.

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