Parasites which alter host behavior

Omar O. Barriga barriga.2 at
Sun Apr 6 14:23:38 EST 1997

In article <19970405.143015.3318.5.micromark at> micromark at (Mark Armitage) writes:
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>Subject: Parasites which alter host behavior
>Date: 5 Apr 1997 14:29:41 -0800
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>Dear All,
>Does anyone have any references on parasites which alter intermediate
>host behavior in order to increase chances of predation upon the
>Thanks in advance
>Mark Armitage
>Grad Student, APU

Dear Mark:

	Possibly the most classic example is Dicrocoelium dendriticum.
It is reported that the metacercaria enters the brain of the intermediate
host (ants) amd makes them rise high on the vegetation where they are more
likely to be ingested by the definitive host.

			Omar O. Barriga 

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