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Hosts

David L. Strayer

in Freshwater Mussel Ecology

Published by University of California Press

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780520255265
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520942523 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520255265.003.0005
Hosts

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The larvae of most unionoids are parasitic on fish, so it is reasonable to suspect that the distribution and abundance of host fish might be an important factor in limiting unionoid populations. This chapter discusses patterns of fish-host use, host species, and host limitation in nature. Simple epidemiological models of mussel-fish dynamics are also presented.

Keywords: host fish; unionoid populations; mussel-fish dynamics; epidemiological models

Chapter.  5551 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Aquatic Biology

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