Journal article

A review of the role of parasites in the ecology of reptiles and amphibians

Deborah S Bower, Laura A Brannelly, Cait A McDonald, Rebecca J Webb, Sasha E Greenspan, Mathew Vickers, Michael G Gardner, Matthew J Greenlees

AUSTRAL ECOLOGY | WILEY | Published : 2019

Abstract

A great diversity of parasites, from viruses and bacteria to a range of remarkable eukaryotic organisms, exploit reptile and amphibian hosts. Recent increases in the emergence of infectious disease have revealed the importance of understanding the effects of interactions between hosts and their parasites. Here we review the effects of parasite infection on a range of demographic, behavioural, genomic and physiological factors in reptile and amphibian species. Reviewing these parasite roles collectively, and prioritising areas for research, advances our ecological understanding and guides direction for conservation in a time of rapid species decline. Poorly resolved systems include Gymnophion..

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We thank Dr. Astrid Vachette for generously donating her time and expertise to translate the abstract to French, Dale Burzacott and Wesley Neely for providing photographs and the Winifred Violet Scott Charitable Trust for providing financial support.