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Frequency distributions of metapopulations in space typically come in three distinct patterns (Fig. 9). These distributions are termed random 42 Population concepts .. X. X. zE 2 Z 1 ::I 3 .. c 6 '0 .. D E ::I Z ::I Z 2 Y. 3 a • X. 3 • 6 Number 01 par •• Ues Number 01 para sUes ;; o r-- + .. c '0 .. 8 An example of the variability with which different populations can be dispersed around the same mean. In each case the mean is the same (5(=3), but the distribution of the observed numbers is different.

Infections were exceedingly heavy in some sticklebacks. They suggested that the distension of the body in these fishes could have caused an increase in vulnerability to predation by fish-eating birds, as well as the increased chance of transmission to the definitive host of the parasite. 6 A plerocercoid of the cestode, Ligula intestinalis, removed from the body cavity of a fathead minnow, Pimephales promelas, from Belews Lake, North Carolina, USA. be documented, the parasite does not kill the host.

Definitive hosts for this parasite are smallmouth bass, Micropterus dolomieui, and largemouth bass, Micropterus salmoides. The smallmouth bass is a cold-water species found commonly in the northern USA and southern Canada, and at higher elevations in the southern USA. After eggs are released from the adult tapeworm, they are shed in the faeces. The life cycle is shown in Fig. 7. Eggs are freed from the faecal material and float in the water column, using a peculiar set of dumb-bell shaped membranes that surround the egg for buoyancy.

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