Biodiversity of Parasites in Vertebrates in the Wildlife
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 October 2023) | Viewed by 11764
Interests: biodiversity conservation; insects; reptiles; amphibia; protected areas; nature conservation
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For many years, researchers have been putting forward estimates of the relative biodiversity of parasites on the planet. According to such estimates, parasites make up from one third to more than half of the species on Earth. Despite the obvious uncertainty of these such statements, the biodiversity of parasites is believed to be far from well studied. Do we really know much about the diversity of parasites on the planet or individual geographical areas? Under what conditions are there more or less parasites? Does climate change affect the diversity of parasites? How far have we come to becoming aware of this diversity? Can we explain the distribution of parasites among the host taxa? Despite their potential negative consequences, parasites can be used as targets for biological conservation and research on the evolutionary and ecological effects of parasitism. These goals serve to expand our knowledge about the species diversity of parasites. In recent years, human influence has been increasing on ecosystems. Many of the observed changes are unprecedented in terms of effect size and rate of change. In such conditions, the host animals experience significant loads and, together with them, the parasite communities also undergo changes. Therefore, we must use the close relationship between the wealth of host species and the wealth of parasite species to create diversity maps for entire groups of parasites and individual species.
Dr. Alexander B. Ruchin
Dr. Igor V. Chikhlyaev
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- parasite communities
- climate impact
- new species