Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/15616
Title: Fish as parasites: an insight into evolutionary convergence in adaptations for parasitism
Contributor(s): Leung, Tommy (author)
Publication Date: 2014
DOI: 10.1111/jzo.12148
Handle Link: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/15616
Abstract: Fish are the most diverse group of living vertebrates on the planet with 32 000 living species. They have diversified to fill a wide variety of ecological niches. Some species have formed close ecological interactions with other aquatic species that can be best described as symbiotic or even parasitic. Some fish species have evolved different ways to exploit invertebrates, ranging from using their body as a site for depositing their eggs and larvae to actually sheltering inside the invertebrate themselves and feeding on the organs of their host. Other fish species are frequently associated with larger aquatic vertebrates, attaching to them for either phoretic or feeding purposes or both. The aim of this review is to provide an overview of some general patterns in these symbiotic or parasitic relationships, comparing them with more 'traditional' parasites and symbionts, and discuss the insight they can offer on both the evolutionary process that leads to parasitism, as well as the evolutionary pathways of fishes as a whole.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Journal of Zoology, 294(1), p. 1-12
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Place of Publication: United Kingdom
ISSN: 0952-8369
1469-7998
Field of Research (FOR): 060303 Biological Adaptation
060307 Host-Parasite Interactions
060809 Vertebrate Biology
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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