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Aggression and hormones are associated with heterogeneity in parasitism and parasite dynamics in the brown mouse lemur

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Animal behaviours, like aggression, can directly affect host health by influencing exposure to parasites. Aggressive individuals may experience an increase in agonistic interactions and contact rates with conspecifics, which might increase their probability of acquiring parasites. However, aggression is not the only factor that shapes parasitism; proximate mechanisms like hormone-modulated immunosuppression can also have broad impacts. Here, we hypothesized that high levels of aggression, cor...

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Peer reviewed

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
MPLS Division
Department:
Zoology
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Publisher:
Elsevier Publisher's website
Journal:
Animal Behaviour Journal website
Volume:
132
Pages:
109-119
Publication date:
2017-09-05
Acceptance date:
2017-06-19
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ISSN:
0003-3472
Pubs id:
pubs:729295
URN:
uri:276e1f1b-807c-48af-8586-87e501922f47
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uuid:276e1f1b-807c-48af-8586-87e501922f47
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pubs:729295

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