Functional and Evolutionary Ecology of Fleas: A Model for Ecological Parasitology, First Edition


Boris R. Krasnov


Fleas are one of the most interesting and fascinating taxa of ectoparasites. All species in this relatively small order are obligatory haematophagous (blood-feeding) parasites of higher vertebrates. This 2008 book examines how functional, ecological and evolutionary patterns and processes of host-parasite relationships are realized in this particular system. As such it provides an in-depth case study of a host-parasite system, demonstrating how fleas can be used as a model taxon for testing ecological and evolutionary hypotheses. The book moves from basic descriptive aspects, to functional issues and finally to evolutionary explanations. It extracts several general principles that apply equally well to other host-parasite systems, so it appeals not only to flea biologists but also to ‘mainstream’ parasitologists and ecologists.

Key features

  • The first book to deal with the functional and evolutionary ecology rather than the descriptive ecology of fleas
  • Provides an up-to-date review of flea bionomics
  • Includes references to a variety of Russian and Chinese sources, making little-known, valuable research available to the Western scientific community

Book details

  • Hardcover: 610 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (June 16, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 052188277X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521882774


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