Project Information

Goals and Features


Our primary goal for compiling the database was to conduct large-scale comparative studies of the drivers of parasitism across primates and other mammals. We provide the data here for others to investigate their own questions in disease macroecology, or to use the database to better understand disease risks in particular wild populations of primates.


Data were obtained from the published literature and other available published sources. We restricted collection to only studies that sampled wild primates. All data presented here have been double-checked.


Data come from an underlying relational database (mysql), with all data supported by specific references to primary sources, and transparent linkages between names of hosts and parasites in the publication and our decisions on how to recode these into widely used taxonomic frameworks. Similarly, we provide information on geographic location, and details on how the georeferencing for a particular location was determined.

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