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Title

Is nursing a kid detrimental to nonimmunological compatibility to contact-transmitted foreign bodies in female Iberian ibex (Capra pyrenaica)?

AuthorsSarasa, Mathieu; Pérez, Jesús M.; Granados, José E.; Soriguer, Ramón C.
KeywordsCapra pyrenaica
Contact-transmitted parasitism
Cost of reproduction
Host compatibility
Iberian ibex
Ungulates
Issue Date2012
PublisherNational Research Council Canada
CitationCanadian Journal of Zoology, 90(10): 1284-1289
AbstractReproductive costs may increase the susceptibility of breeding females to parasites. Compatibility may be modulated by immunity and nonimmunological factors. However, experimental tests attempting to unravel the role of non-immunological compatibility to parasites are scarce. We experimentally infected breeding and nonbreeding females with pseudoectoparasites (PEPs) to analyse how nursing a kid affects neatness in the Iberian ibex (Capra pyrenaica Schinz, 1838). Our results revealed that nursing a kid does not seem detrimental to neatness in female Iberian ibex in terms of nonimmunological compatibility to contact-transmitted foreign bodies. Consequently, it seems that increased susceptibility of breeding females to contact-transmitted parasites may be mainly mediated by increased exposure or increased immunological compatibility to parasites.
Publisher version (URL)http://dx.doi.org/10.1139/Z2012-095
URIhttp://hdl.handle.net/10261/76399
DOI10.1139/Z2012-095
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