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dc.contributor.authorRivero de Aguilar, Juan
dc.contributor.authorCastillo, Fernando
dc.contributor.authorMoreno, Andrea
dc.contributor.authorPenafiel, Nicolas
dc.contributor.authorBrowne, Luke
dc.contributor.authorWalter, Scott T.
dc.contributor.authorKarubian, Jordan
dc.contributor.authorBonaccorso, Elisa
dc.date.accessioned2019-08-06T16:30:07Z
dc.date.available2019-08-06T16:30:07Z
dc.date.issued2018-10-31
dc.identifier.citationRivero de Aguilar, J., Castillo, F., Moreno, A., Peñafiel, N., Browne, L., Walter, S. T., Karubian, J., Bonaccorso, E. (2018). Patterns of avian haemosporidian infections vary with time, but not habitat, in a fragmented Neotropical landscape. PLoS ONE 13(10) : e0206493.en_US
dc.identifier.issn1932-6203
dc.identifier.urihttps://digital.library.txstate.edu/handle/10877/8470
dc.description.abstractHabitat loss has the potential to alter vertebrate host populations and their interactions with parasites. Theory predicts a decrease in parasite diversity due to the loss of hosts in such contexts. However, habitat loss could also increase parasite infections as a result of the arrival of new parasites or by decreasing host immune defenses. We investigated the effect of habitat loss and other habitat characteristics on avian haemosporidian infections in a community of birds within a fragmented landscape in northwest Ecuador. We estimated Plasmodium and Haemoproteus parasite infections in 504 individual birds belonging to 8 families and 18 species. We found differences in infection status among bird species, but no relationship between forest fragment characteristics and infection status was observed. We also found a temporal effect, with birds at the end of the five-month study (which ran from the end of the rainy season thru the dry season), being less infected by Plasmodium parasites than individuals sampled at the beginning. Moreover, we found a positive relationship between forest area and Culicoides abundance. Taken as a whole, these findings indicate little effect of fragment characteristics per se on infection, although additional sampling or higher infection rates would have offered more power to detect potential relationships.en_US
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dc.format.extent18 pages
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dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherPLoS ONEen_US
dc.sourcePLoS ONE, 2018, Vol. 13, No. 10 : e0206493
dc.subjectHabitat loss
dc.subjectParasites
dc.subjectNeotropical landscape
dc.titlePatterns of Avian Haemosporidian Infections Vary with Time, but not Habitat, in a Fragmented Neotropical Landscapeen_US
txstate.documenttypeArticle
dc.identifier.doihttps://doi.org/10.1371/journal. pone.0206493
dc.rights.licenseThis is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
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