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Mutualism in Ramanella nagaoi Manamendra-Arachchi & Pethiyagoda, 2001 (Amphibia: Microhylidae) and Poecillotheria species (Aracnida: Thereposidae) from Sri Lanka

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DMS Suranjan Karunarathna ,

IUCN – Sri Lanka Country office, No: 53, Horton place, Colombo 07, LK
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AA Amarasinghe

Taprobanica Nature Conservation Society, No: 146, Kendalanda, Homagama, LK
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Abstract

Ramanella nagaoi is an endemic and vulnerable species of Family Microhylidae distributed in lowland wet zone rain forests and reproduce and live in and around tree hollows. This article presents some aspects of mutualism of R. nagaoi with Poecilotheria ornata and P. (cf.) subfusca thereposid spiders in random field visits during the past seven years. This is the first observation of this symbiotic behaviour.

Key words: Ramanella nagaoi; Poecilotheria; commensalism; inter-specific association; symbiotic relationship; Sri Lanka

DOI: 10.4038/tapro.v1i1.2772

TAPROBANICA, April, 2009. Vol. 01, No. 01: pp. 16-18

DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/tapro.v1i1.2772
How to Cite: Karunarathna, D.S. & Amarasinghe, A., (2011). Mutualism in Ramanella nagaoi Manamendra-Arachchi & Pethiyagoda, 2001 (Amphibia: Microhylidae) and Poecillotheria species (Aracnida: Thereposidae) from Sri Lanka. TAPROBANICA: The Journal of Asian Biodiversity. 1(1), pp.16–18. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/tapro.v1i1.2772
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Published on 27 Jan 2011.
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