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Avoidance and attraction behaviour of slugs exposed to parasitic nematodes

Rae, R (2023) Avoidance and attraction behaviour of slugs exposed to parasitic nematodes. Journal of Invertebrate Pathology. ISSN 0022-2011

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Avoidance of pathogens and parasites is the first line of defense to survive. Several slug species avoid the parasitic nematode Phasmarhabditis hermaphrodita to reduce infection however, there is nothing known about whether slugs avoid other members of the Phasmarhabditis genus. I exposed two slug species (Deroceras invadens and Limax maculatus) to Phasmarhabditis californica and P. neopapillosa. D. invadens avoided P. californica but was strangely attracted to P. neopapillosa. L. maculatus did not avoid P. californica, but on day 1 and 3 significantly more slugs were found with P. neopapillosa. Reasons for host attraction to P. neopapillosa are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 0608 Zoology; Entomology
Subjects: Q Science > QL Zoology
Divisions: Biological & Environmental Sciences (from Sep 19)
Publisher: Elsevier
SWORD Depositor: A Symplectic
Date Deposited: 07 Feb 2023 12:05
Last Modified: 20 Feb 2023 14:15
DOI or ID number: 10.1016/j.jip.2023.107896
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/18814
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