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Host specificity of parasite manipulation : Zombie ant death location in Thailand vs. Brazil

Authors
Journal
Communicative & Integrative Biology
1942-0889
Publisher
Landes Bioscience
Publication Date
Volume
5
Issue
2
Identifiers
DOI: 10.4161/cib.18712
Keywords
  • Article Addendum
Disciplines
  • Ecology
  • Geography

Abstract

Recently we presented how Camponotus ants in Thailand infected with the fungus Ophiocordyceps unilateralis are behaviorally manipulated into dying where the conditions are optimal for fungal development. Death incurred in a very narrow zone of space and here we compare this highly specific manipulation with a related system in Brazil. We show that the behavioral manipulation is less fine-tuned and discuss the potential explanations for this by examining differences in ant host and environmental characteristics.

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