Life history covariation in intestinal nematodes of mammals

A. Skorping, A. F. Read, A. E. Keymer

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Using data on 66 species from 18 families and 6 orders, examined patterns of interspecific covariation in female size, egg size, time from infection to production of infective stages (prepatency period), duration of reproduction (patency period), and fecundity in mammalian intestinal nematodes. Nematode species with shorter prepatency periods are smaller, have lower rates of somatic growth, lower fecundity and shorter reproductive periods; those with longer prepatency periods have the opposite suite of characters. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)365-372
Number of pages8
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1991


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics

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