Special Issue "Diversity and Ecological Impact of Parasites on Amphibians and Reptiles"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2021).
Interests: amphibia; population ecology; behaviour; bioacoustics; host–parasite interactions
2. Laboratory of Medical Parasitology, Department XXI (Med. Microbiology), Central Military Hospital Koblenz, Koblenz, Germany
Interests: zoonoses; parasitology; host–parasite interactions
The Diversity journal is about to launch a Special Issue dedicated to the diversity and ecological impact of parasites on amphibians and reptiles.
Amphibians and reptiles are known to harbor a great diversity of metazoan and protozoan ecto- and endoparasites, particularly ticks, helminths, cryptosporidia and some naidids. Behavioral features and morphological adaptions of hosts and parasites reflect their evolutionary relationships. The complex life cycles of certain parasites include amphibian larvae and/or adults as intermediate or definitive hosts. Speciation processes in the hosts may face the host specificity of parasites or evolve parallel speciation processes in the parasite. Nonetheless, our understanding of taxonomic diversity (e.g., parasite variation in distinct hosts, phylogenetic relationships within and among genera), of parasite–parasite interactions (e.g., community structure, inhibition and facilitation processes) and of host–parasite interactions (e.g., host specificity, fitness consequences of parasite load, effects towards global amphibian decline) is still limited. This Special Issue welcomes contributions on any of these aspects. Special emphasis is given to: (1) experimental studies on the interactions of host and parasite, including infection biology, (2) analyses of parasite community structure and its plasticity in wide-ranging hosts, (3) coevolution of hosts and parasite diversity, and (4) reviews covering comprehensively epidemiological, ecological or phylogenetic aspects of parasite diversity and impact.
Prof. Dr. Ulrich Sinsch
Prof. Dr. Patrick Leander Scheid
Manuscript Submission Information
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- Taxonomical and functional diversity of parasites
- Host–parasite interactions
- Coevolution of host-parasite systems
- Infection biology
- Impact of parasite load on host ecology and behavior
- parasites on amphibians and reptiles: zoonoses and reverse zoonoses