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Christian, Keith A
Cleaning/feeding symbiosis between birds and reptiles of the Galápagos Islands: new observations of inter-island variability
The Auk
Journal Article
Amblyrhynchus cristatus;Conolophus subcristatus;Conolophus pallidus
MacFarland and Reeder (1974) have reviewed cleaning symbioses involving birds and reptiles and have presented data on the symbiotic relationship between two species of Darwin's finches (Geospizinae) and the Galapagos tortoise (Geochelone elephantopus). Recently (Vogt 1979), the Common Grackel (Quiscalus quiscula) has been implicated in the symbiotic removal of leeches from map turtles (Graptemys). This paper describes a symbiotic relationship between the Galapágos Mockingbird (Nesomimus parvulus) and two species of Galápagos land iguanas (Conolophus pallidus and C. subscristatus) and the inter-island variability in cleaning symbiosis by a Darwin's finch (Geospiza fuliginosa).