Transmission by Gyrodactylus turnbulli occurs most frequently when its hosts (Poecilia reticulata) come into close contact. This study is the first description of a specific migratory behavior that facilitates transmission of a gyrodactylid from dead hosts. Recently-dead guppies typically float at the water's surface; G. turnbulli moves off these fish into the water film, hanging motionless with the haptor held by surface tension. Because guppies are surface feeders, detached parasites in the water film are more likely to contact a new host.
Behavior Favoring Transmission in the Viviparous Monogenean Gyrodactylus turnbulli
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J. Cable, E. C G. Scott, R. C. Tinsley, P. D. Harris; Behavior Favoring Transmission in the Viviparous Monogenean Gyrodactylus turnbulli. J Parasitol 1 February 2002; 88 (1): 183–184. doi: https://doi.org/10.1645/0022-3395(2002)088[0183:BFTITV]2.0.CO;2
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