Gazdaivar- és korfüggő transzmissziós mintázatok a kék vércsék (Falco vespertinus) tolltetveinél
Piross, Imre Sándor
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The effect of various parasites on their hosts has been widely studied, however how host traits affect parasites is less often in the focus of scientific interest. Avian lice (Insecta: Phthiraptera) are permanent obligatory ectoparasites. Presumably, one of the most important decision lice have to make throughout their life history is how and which new host they colonize. These ectoparasites need direct contact between hosts to infect new individuals, and in avian systems this occurs most frequently during parental care (vertical transmission). My study focuses on the colonization strategies during vertical transmission of various louse species parasitizing colonial Red-footed Falcons (Falco vespertinus).