Chapter 15. Parasites

E.P. Hoberg, S.J. Kutz, J. Cook, K.V. Galaktionov, V. Haukisalmi, H. Henttonen, S. Laaksonen, A. Makarikov, D.J. Marcogliese

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Parasites are among the most common organisms on the planet, and represent diverse members of all biological communities. Parasites tie communities together, revealing or telling stories about critical connections established by a history of evolution, ecology (food habits, foraging behavior, interactions among host species) and biogeography (patterns of geographic distribution) for host populations, species, ecosystems and regional faunas that constitute the biosphere. As such these organisms tell us about the processes, biological (e.g. range shifts, invasion) and physical (e.g. climate variation), that have determined the patterns of diversity that we observe in high latitude ecosystems. Parasites can have subtle to severe effects on individual hosts or broader impacts on host populations which may cascade through ecosystems. Parasitic diseases have dual significance: 1. influencing sustainability for species and populations of invertebrates, fishes, birds and mammals, and 2. secondarily affecting food
Original languageUndefined
Title of host publicationArctic Biodiversity Assessment (The Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF), Arctic Council)
Pages560, 420–449
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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