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Title: Aspects of the biology of Trypanorhynch tapeworms and investigations on their use as biological tags
Author: Bates, R. M.
Awarding Body: Open University
Current Institution: Open University
Date of Award: 1987
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Four hundred papers published in refereed papers during the years 1935-1985 were researched for information on the biology of trypanorhynchs, and a publishable host-parasite list was compiled for ( Po I\fus, I~ 1t1) this period as a complement to the only previous monographi(published forty-five years ago) on all known members of the order Trypanorhyncha (Platyhelminthes: Cestoda). The theoretical information gained ~om this initial exercise was then used in carrying out original reeearch on trypanorhynchs found in over 3,000 elasmobranch and teleost fish. This led to a choice of three research topics for more detailed investigations: (i) taxonomic studies on four little-known 8pecies and the application of this information to fisheries biology, (ii) life-cycle studies on Grillotia erinaceus (van Beneden, 1858) and (iii) the use of Gri1lotia smaris-gora (Wagener, 1854) Dollfus, 1946 as a biological tag for coaaercially aportant teleosts. A pre-requisite of this last problem was the need to review critically all information on the use of parasites 88 population indicators. Thu8 a further 100 papers published in primary journals were researched. The work concludes wi th a discussion of the above and also brief cOIIUIents on the need for further research on tapeworms of the order !r,r.pano~cha as an aid to our underetanding of other basic conte.porary problems in parasitology, relating to host-Specificity ecology and pbylogeDJ.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Biology of Trypanorhyncha Human anatomy Oceanography