Trophobioses on Borneo Climbing Bamboo – diversity and ecology of ant-hemipteran associations on Dinochloa trichogona (Poaceae)

Dirk Mezger & Nico Blüthgen
Trophobioses between ants and hemipterans play an important role in tropical rainforests. The Borneo Climbing Bamboo Dinochloa trichogona commonly occurs in the understorey of lowland forests on Borneo where it frequently hosts trophobioses. Twenty-eight species of ants attending ten species of hemipterans were found on these plants. Coreid bugs and delphacids contributed the majority of associations. On average, 25 % of the stems were infected with trophobioses. Some ants built shelters over their hemipteran partner...
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