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Re: Egyptian Plovers and similar symbiosis



Yes, that image has been faked.  There are other sites where it says
so explicitly (which I won't link to due to message truncation
concerns).

On Wed, Feb 16, 2011 at 7:11 PM, Dann Pigdon <dannj@alphalink.com.au> wrote:
> On Wed, Feb 16th, 2011 at 7:51 AM, Scott Hartman <skeletaldrawing@gmail.com> 
> wrote:
>
>> 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.
>
> Egyptian plovers do form a symbiotic bond with nile crocs, but it has more to 
> do with mutual nest
> guarding. The plover gains the advantage of a bloody great croc preventing 
> many predators from
> approaching the plover's nest, while the croc gains an early warning system 
> to alert it to the
> presence of stealthy monitor lizards who would gladly make a meal of croc 
> eggs (or plover eggs,
> for that matter). As soon as the plover gives the warning cry, the croc 
> leaves the water and
> approaches its own nest.
>
> As for the mouth-cleaning behaviour - has this photo been faked?
> http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_xEehooYC6Rk/S8ei6wdNEDI/AAAAAAAAB1A/f7GVqner-
> S0/s1600/crocodile-plover.jpg
>
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> Dann Pigdon
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