Gekko lanternbug mutualism

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Gekko lanternbug mutualism

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There were originally two of these lantern bugs, but one flew off when i approached. It was only then that I saw the gekko, that i think is a flying gekko, but any IDs of either would be really appreciated.

When I saw the gekko i immediately thought of aphid ant mutualism and wondered if this would be the same thing. When googling there were a couple of references mainly from Thailand and Madagasca in 2007 and 2012, but did not find anything for Sabah Borneo where these two were.

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If anyone knows these species then it might be possible to say this is the same thing, or even a different example.

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Post by davholla »

Very interesting

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Post by MarkSturtevant »

The lanternbug is in the genus Pyrops. Why might this be mutualism or any kind of interaction? It could be a concidence.
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Post by tpe »

It could well be a coincidence, however something similar may have been reported a long time ago but lost in the references. It seems it was rediscovered much later with some different species in 2007 when a BBC team filmed something similar http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/7247472.stm .

The video is interesting https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dKotf4nPiR8

There is a review that mentions it here http://hemiptera-databases.org/flowpdf/3377.pdf and a short report here http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1 ... 0150215378 but all in different countries or different species, and i am not sure there is any evidence that the gekko contributes to the relationship.

If you see it then try to film rather than just take shots like i did.

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