The parasite's long arm : a tapeworm parasite induces behavioural changes in uninfected group members of its social host

Sara Beros, Evelien Jongepier, Felizitas Hagemeier & Susanne Foitzik
Parasites can induce alterations in host phenotypes in order to enhance their own survival and transmission. Parasites of social insects might not only benefit from altering their individual hosts, but also from inducing changes in uninfected group members. Temnothorax nylanderi ant workers infected with the tapeworm Anomotaenia brevis are known to be chemically distinct from nest-mates and do not contribute to colony fitness, but are tolerated in their colonies and well cared for. Here, we...
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