Hibernation

Cliff Monahan clifmon at jadeinc.com
Thu Apr 16 19:26:39 EST 1998


We are trying to incorporate aspects of wildlife parasitology into the 
veterinary parasitology courses, hoping to engender an appreciation of 
the host/parasite relationships that began well before domestication of 
animals. One good question came up and I'm completely at a loss for good 
examples: what do the parasites of hibernating animals do during 
hibernation to keep from debilitating the host during its repose? I 
assume a mutual hypobiosis, but don't have more than 'gut' feelings on 
the subject. Please, any good examples would be greatly appreciated and I 
promise to give ample credit to whomever can give me some good 
parasitological tidbits to fuel the interest of the students. Much 
obliged.

Cliff



More information about the Parasite mailing list