How to measure ecological host specificity

K. Rohde*, P. P. Rohde

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    Rohde's original host specificity index and the modified index correcting for number of host species are discussed, using some arbitrary examples. The indices can be applied to address ecological questions involving parasites, herbivores, symbionts and commensals, where phylogenetic relationships of hosts are irrelevant.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)121-124
    Number of pages4
    JournalVie et Milieu
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - Jun 2008


    • Commensals
    • Herbivores
    • Host ecology
    • Host range
    • Host specificity
    • Parasite ecology
    • Parasites
    • Symbionts


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