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Population genetic structure of the parasitic fauna of the gobies of the Belgian continental shelf

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Dutch title: Populatiegenetische structuur van de parasietenfauna van de grondels van het Belgisch continentaal plat
Reference no: P103/3E970462
Period: 1997 till August 1998
Status: Completed

Thesaurus terms: Benthos; Coastal waters; Ectoparasites; Fish; Genetics; Parasites
Taxonomic term: Gyrodactylus von Nordmann, 1832 [WoRMS]
Geographical terms: ANE, Belgium, Belgian Continental Shelf (BCS) [Marine Regions]; ANE, North Sea, Southern Bight [Marine Regions]

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  • Katholieke Universiteit Leuven; Departement Biologie; Afdeling Dierenecologie en -systematiek; Diversiteit en Systematiek van Dieren, more
  • Belgian Science Policy (BELSPO), more, sponsor

Genetic structure relates to the relationship between local and distant populations. Gobies have limited dispersal capabilities while their parasite fauna is thightly linked to the host. On their turn, parasites influence the general fitness of the host. This study determines if parasites can function as genetic markers for the life history of their host.
This study evaluates parasites Pomatoschistus (gobies) has been identified as study model, (2) the parasite species will be unambiguously identified with genetic markers and (3) the host and parasite will be screened genetically in space and time.

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