Parasites can Promote Cannibalistic Behaviour of Host

March 19, 2015 2:42 PM

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Parasites can Promote Cannibalistic Behaviour of Host

A study published in Royal Society Open Science suggests that parasites can promote cannibalism in animals if the latter one is a freshwater shrimp from Northern Ireland.

The shrimp belonging to the species Gammarus duebeni can eat each other even when they are not infected with the parasite. In this case, the parasite is Pleistophora mulleri. The researchers said that the infected shrimp has more chances to eat each other and it also makes them more voracious.

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