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Is nursing a kid detrimental to nonimmunological compatibility to contact-transmitted foreign bodies in female Iberian ibex (Capra pyrenaica)?

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Reproductive costs may increase the susceptibility of breeding females to parasites. Compatibility may be modulated by immunity and nonimmunological factors. However, experimental tests attempting to unravel the role of nonimmunological compatibility to parasites are scarce. We experimentally infected breeding and nonbreeding females with pseudoectoparasites (PEPs) to analyse how nursing a kid affects neatness in the Iberian ibex (Capra pyrenaica Schinz, 1838). Our results revealed that nursing a kid does not seem detrimental to neatness in female Iberian ibex in terms of nonimmunological compatibility to contact-transmitted foreign bodies. Consequently, it seems that increased susceptibility of breeding females to contact-transmitted parasites may be mainly mediated by increased exposure or increased immunological compatibility to parasites.

Keywords: Capra pyrenaica; Iberian ibex; allaitement de cabris; bouquetin ibérique; compatibilité de l’hôte; contact-transmitted parasitism; cost of reproduction; coût de reproduction; host compatibility; kid nursing; ongulés; parasites transmis par contact; ungulates

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Grupo Biología de las Especies Cinegéticas y Plagas (RNM-118), Spain.

Publication date: September 7, 2012

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