Mutualism in Ramanella nagaoi Manamendra-Arachchi & Pethiyagoda, 2001 (Amphibia: Microhylidae) and Poecillotheria species (Aracnida: Thereposidae) from Sri Lanka
DMS Suranjan Karunarathna ,
IUCN – Sri Lanka Country office, No: 53, Horton place, Colombo 07, LK
Taprobanica Nature Conservation Society, No: 146, Kendalanda, Homagama, LK
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
TAPROBANICA, April, 2009. Vol. 01, No. 01: pp. 16-18
How to Cite:
Karunarathna, D.S. and 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
27 Jan 2011.