Meeting Abstract

16.9  Wednesday, Jan. 4  Comparative phylogeography of parasites in Anolis lizards on the Puerto Rican Bank FALK, Bryan*; PERKINS, Susan; American Museum of Natural History; American Museum of Natural History bfalk@amnh.org

It is estimated that 30-50% of all living species are parasitic, but the factors that might have contributed to all this diversity remain poorly known. How important is the host in determining parasite diversification? How important are parasite traits such as mode of transmission? In order to answer these questions, we examine how host and parasite traits influence the patterns of diversification in parasites infecting Anolis lizards on Puerto Rico and the surrounding islands.