How mammals stay healthy in nature: The evolution of behaviours to avoid parasites and pathogens

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Abstract

Mammals live and thrive in environments presenting ongoing threats from parasites in the form of biting flies, ticks and intestinal worms and from pathogens as wound contaminants and agents of infectious disease. Several strategies have evolved that enable animals to deal with parasites and pathogens, including eliminating away from the sleeping–resting areas, use of an array of grooming techniques, use of saliva in licking, and consuming medicinal plant-based compounds. These strategies all are species-specific and reflect the particular environment that the animal inhabits. This article is part of the Theo Murphy meeting issue ‘Evolution of pathogen and parasite avoidance behaviours’.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number20170205
JournalPhilosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
Volume373
Issue number1751
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 19 2018

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Mammals
Pathogens
Parasites
mammals
parasites
pathogens
Animals
Avoidance Learning
hematophagous insects
Grooming
avoidance behavior
grooming (animal behavior)
Ticks
Medicinal Plants
saliva
Saliva
animal injuries
Diptera
infectious diseases
Communicable Diseases

Keywords

  • Grooming
  • Herbal medicine
  • Licking
  • Parasites
  • Pathogens

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)

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