Comparison of lifetime transmission success with peak anaemia. Lifetime transmission success is defined as (A) the mean number of oocysts per mosquito for a given day totalled over the 4 days of acute phase transmission; (B) the percentage of mosquitoes with at least one oocyst. Infections were initiated using infectious mosquitoes as in Figs. 3, 4 & 6. Thai or SL clone alone, 8 infective mosquitoes per bird; Mixed infections were initiated using 8 or 4 infective mosquitoes from batches of mosquitoes infected with either of the clones. Mosquitoes were gorged on all birds from the first day parasites were patent in the blood. Individuals that died before completion of the transmission period are excluded (a) Thai clone (square – thin solid line); SL clone (open circles – thick solid line); mixed 8+8 clones (triangle – long dotted line); mixed 4+4 clones (crosses – short dotted line). Lines are least squared residual best fit.
Paul et al. BMC Evolutionary Biology 2004 4:30 doi:10.1186/1471-2148-4-30