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Malarial parasites as geographical markers in migratory birds?

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dc.contributor.author Fallon, S. M.
dc.contributor.author Fleischer, Robert C.
dc.contributor.author Graves, Gary R.
dc.date.accessioned 2007-08-02T14:57:46Z
dc.date.available 2007-08-02T14:57:46Z
dc.date.issued 2006
dc.identifier https://repository.si.edu/bitstream/handle/10088/2057/Fallon_2006_Biol._Letters--avian_malaria_with_on.pdf
dc.identifier.citation Biology Letters, 2(2): 213-216
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10088/2057
dc.description.abstract We tested the hypothesis that malarial parasites (Plasmodium and Haemoproteus) of black-throated blue warblers (Dendroica caerulescens) provide sufficient geographical signal to track population movements between the warbler's breeding and wintering habitats in North America. Our results from, breeding range indicate that parasite lineages are geographically widespread and do not provide site-specific information. The wide distribution of malarial parasites probably reflects postnatal dispersal of their hosts as well as mixing of breeding populations on the wintering range. When compared to geographically structured parasites of sedentary Caribbean songbirds, patterns of malarial infections in black-throated blue warblers suggest that host-malaria dynamics of migratory and sedentary bird populations may be subject to contrasting selection pressures en_US
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dc.title Malarial parasites as geographical markers in migratory birds?
dc.identifier.srbnumber 20213
dc.identifier.doi 10.1098/rsbl.2005.0429

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