If you only visit Parasite Ecology for the cartoons, you’re going to be disappointed, again. But if you want to catch up with a bunch of recent cool parasite ecology via a link dump, you’re in luck! Here’s some cool stuff that I read recently:
There are a LOT of parasites in the world, and obviously they don’t all share one common ancestor. So how many times has parasitism independently evolved? An insanely large number of times.
When mosquitoes are nutritionally deprived as larvae, their capacity as human malaria vectors is greatly reduced relative to mosquitoes that weren’t nutritionally deprived.
I also have news from the not-necessarily-parasitism side of the mutualism-parasitism continuum. Do you know what a lichen is? If you answered “a symbiotic relationship between a fungus and an alga,” you answered just like all of the lichen experts of the past century. And you’re wrong.
Sidestepping the issue of whether a parasite ecology blog should feature brood parasites, honeyguides are the kind of brutal that you wouldn’t want to meet in a dark alley. If you don’t believe me, check out “a stab in the dark: chick killing by brood parasitic honeyguides.”
Finally, what’s the best way to control transmission of human schistosomiasis? Snail control is very effective.