Can parasites synchronise the population fluctuations of sympatric tetraonids? Examining some minimum conditions

Ptarmigan (Lagopus muta) Science Article 9


Sympatric populations of tetraonid birds tend to fluctuate in synchrony, at least onlocal scales. If shared parasites among sympatric populations of different tetraonidspecies are to operate as a local, synchronizing factor for population fluctuations atleast two conditions should be met

Per R. Holmstad, Peter J. Hudson, Vigdis Vandvik and Arne Skorping, OIKOS 109: 429-434, 2005

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