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Parasitic castration: the evolution and ecology of body snatchers

Overview of attention for article published in Trends in Parasitology, December 2009
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  • In the top 25% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age (91st percentile)
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age and source (84th percentile)

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Title
Parasitic castration: the evolution and ecology of body snatchers
Published in
Trends in Parasitology, December 2009
DOI 10.1016/j.pt.2009.09.003
Pubmed ID
Authors

Kevin D. Lafferty, Armand M. Kuris

Abstract

Castration is a response to the tradeoff between consumption and longevity faced by parasites. Common parasitic castrators include larval trematodes in snails, and isopod and barnacle parasites of crustaceans. The infected host (with its many unique properties) is the extended phenotype of the parasitic castrator. Because an individual parasitic castrator can usurp all the reproductive energy from a host, and that energy is limited, intra- and interspecific competition among castrators is generally intense. These parasites can be abundant and can substantially depress host density. Host populations subject to high rates of parasitic castration appear to respond by maturing more rapidly.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 7 3%
United Kingdom 3 1%
Portugal 1 <1%
France 1 <1%
Brazil 1 <1%
India 1 <1%
Germany 1 <1%
Canada 1 <1%
Switzerland 1 <1%
Other 2 <1%
Unknown 241 93%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 72 28%
Researcher 47 18%
Student > Bachelor 40 15%
Student > Master 36 14%
Student > Doctoral Student 11 4%
Other 33 13%
Unknown 21 8%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 163 63%
Environmental Science 29 11%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 16 6%
Earth and Planetary Sciences 4 2%
Veterinary Science and Veterinary Medicine 3 1%
Other 19 7%
Unknown 26 10%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 16. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 17 June 2018.
All research outputs
#1,793,297
of 21,421,530 outputs
Outputs from Trends in Parasitology
#262
of 1,611 outputs
Outputs of similar age
#29,098
of 343,389 outputs
Outputs of similar age from Trends in Parasitology
#4
of 19 outputs
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