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RE: Egyptian Plovers and similar symbiosis

> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-DINOSAUR@usc.edu [mailto:owner-DINOSAUR@usc.edu] 
> On Behalf Of Scott
> clownfish and anemones
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Scott Hartman" <skeletaldrawing@gmail.com>
> To: "Dino List" <dinosaur@usc.edu>
> Sent: Tuesday, February 15, 2011 3:51 PM
> Subject: Egyptian Plovers and similar symbiosis
> > So, I'm sure most of the DML readers have heard of the "Egyptian
> > Plover cleaning the teeth of Nile crocs" bit, and I further expect
> > most know that this behavior is at best undocumented, at 
> worst a myth.
> > 
> > The question I have for you all is: does anyone know of any 
> hard facts
> > documenting the plover/croc behavior?  Failing that, what similar
> > forms of behavioral symbiosis can you think of that are in fact
> > documented?  The closest I could come up with is an oxpecker feeding
> > off the backs of large mammals, but that's not really all 
> that close.

Marine analogues of various cleaner fish at reefs.

While true there are many terrestrial examples of body cleaners (e.g., 
sharp-beaked ground finches cleaning tortoises, iguanas, and
sea birds on the Galapagos; certain turtle species cleaning rhinos and other 
large-bodied mammals in lakes in Africa; etc.), I am
not certain of good terrestrial tooth-cleaners.

Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
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