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spe·cif·ic par·a·site

a parasite that habitually lives in its present host and is particularly adapted for the host species.

spe·cif·ic par·a·site

(spĕ-sif'ik par'ă-sīt)
A parasite that habitually lives in its present host and is particularly adapted for the host species.

specific parasite

A parasite that requires a specific host in order to complete its life cycle.
See also: parasite
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Most of the monogenoideans are host specific parasite of wider or narrow range.
Host specific parasite refers to a parasite specific to the acipenserids and not necessarily to the host species, Acipenser fulvescens.
Furthermore, specific parasite types persist from one year to the next among these highly related parasites, suggesting transmission of single clones without recombination and likely limited introduction of new parasite types through travel or migration.