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host and parasite life history interplay to yield divergent population genetic structures in two ectoparasites living on the same bat species.host-parasite interactions are ubiquitous in nature. however, how parasite population genetic structure is shaped by the interaction between host and parasite life history remains understudied. studies comparing multiple parasites infecting a single host can be used to investigate how different parasite life history traits interplay with host behaviour and life history. in this study, we used 10 newly developed microsatellite loci to investigate the genetic structure of a parasitic bat fly (basi ...201525809613
roost selection and roost switching of female bechstein's bats (myotis bechsteinii) as a strategy of parasite avoidance.ectoparasites of vertebrates often spend part of their life cycle in their hosts' home. consequently, hosts should take into account the parasite infestation of a site when selecting where to live. in a field study, we investigated whether colonial female bechstein's bats (myotis bechsteinii) adapt their roosting behaviour to the life cycle of the bat fly basilia nana in order to decrease their contact with infective stages of this parasite. b. nana imagoes live permanently on the bat's body but ...200717805579
the reproductive success of the parasitic bat fly basilia nana (diptera: nycteribiidae) is affected by the low roost fidelity of its host, the bechstein's bat (myotis bechsteinii).we studied the reproductive ecology of the bat fly basilia nana on free-ranging colonial female and solitary male bechstein's bats (myotis bechsteinii) during one reproductive season. the reproduction of b. nana took place from april to september, and the production of puparia in bat roosts was high. the metamorphosis of the flies took a minimum of 30 days, and at least 86% of the puparia metamorphosed successfully. however, only about 30% of flies from puparia deposited in female roosts and 57% ...200616341882
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