Extended phenotype: nematodes turn ants into bird-dispersed fruits

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D P Hughes, D J C Kronauer, J J Boomsma

A recent study has discovered a novel extended phenotype of a nematode which alters its ant host to resemble ripe fruit. The infected ants are in turn eaten by frugivorous birds that disperse the nematode's eggs.
Original languageEnglish
JournalCurrent Biology
Issue number7
Pages (from-to)R294-5
Publication statusPublished - 2008

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Keywords: Adaptation, Biological; Animals; Ants; Birds; Feeding Behavior; Female; Fruit; Host-Parasite Interactions; Male; Nematoda; Phenotype; Reproduction

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