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Fig. 2 | Parasites & Vectors

Fig. 2

From: Path analyses of cross-sectional and longitudinal data suggest that variability in natural communities of blood-associated parasites is derived from host characteristics and not interspecific interactions

Fig. 2

The best path analysis model for predicting the temporal changes in the community composition of parasites as determined by the longitudinal dataset (model 48 in Additional file 1: Table S1). Arrows represent direct and indirect influences. Numbers on the arrows are standardized path coefficients, representing the relative strength of the given effect (β/SE), which is also reflected by the arrow width. a–e illustrate the directions of the most influential (|β/SE| > 1) direct effects. The dashed arrows represent additional relationships that are included only in the second and third best models (models 49 and 46, respectively, in Additional file 1: Table S1). Asterisks denote relationships that were not included in the second and third best models

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