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Establishment of exotic parasites: The origins and characteristics of an avian malaria community in an isolated island avifauna

Ewen, JG; Bensch, S; Blackburn, TM; Bonneaud, C; Brown, R; Cassey, P; Clarke, RH; (2012) Establishment of exotic parasites: The origins and characteristics of an avian malaria community in an isolated island avifauna. Ecology Letters , 15 (10) pp. 1112-1119. 10.1111/j.1461-0248.2012.01833.x.

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Abstract

Knowledge of the processes favouring the establishment of exotic parasites is poor. Herein, we test the characteristics of successful exotic parasites that have co-established in the remote island archipelago of New Zealand, due to the introduction of numerous avian host species. Our results show that avian malaria parasites (AM; parasites of the genus Plasmodium) that successfully invaded are more globally generalist (both geographically widespread and with a broad taxonomic range of hosts) than AM parasites not co-introduced to New Zealand. Furthermore, the successful AM parasites are presently more prevalent in their native range than AM parasites found in the same native range but not co-introduced to New Zealand. This has resulted in an increased number and greater taxonomic diversity of AM parasites now in New Zealand. © 2012 Blackwell Publishing Ltd/CNRS.

Type: Article
Title: Establishment of exotic parasites: The origins and characteristics of an avian malaria community in an isolated island avifauna
DOI: 10.1111/j.1461-0248.2012.01833.x
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences > Div of Biosciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences > Div of Biosciences > Genetics, Evolution and Environment
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1480855
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