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John L. Payton John_L._Payton at notes.up.com
Thu Jul 11 07:21:22 EST 1996

 At the risk of starting yet another round of definitions, I would be 
interested in learning the consensus regarding the concept of organisms which 
seem to be parasites of their own species.  Can a creature be a parasite of 
its own species?  If not, why not?

 Please apply this question to:  
  The anglerfish Photocorynus spiniceps.
  The marine worm Bonella.
  The nematode Trichosomoides crassicauda.
  The blook fluke Schistosoma haematobium.

John Payton
not even a biologist, but interested in this issue all the same

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