Original paper

Use of Slug Mucus by Fungus-Feeding Beetles (Coleoptera: Erotylidae, Melandryidae, Tenebrionidae)

Yamazak, Kazuo

Entomologia Generalis Volume 30 Number 4 (2008), p. 311 - 313

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published: Feb 22, 2008

DOI: 10.1127/entom.gen/30/2008/311

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Abstract

In the summer in central Japan, the pleasing fungus beetle Episcapha fortunii Crotch 1873 was observed eating the mucus of the slug Meghimatium fruhstorferi (Collinge 1901). In addition, the darkling beetle Platydema subfascia (Walker 1858) and the false darkling beetle Synstrophus macrophthalmus (Reitter 1887) fed on Corticiaceae fungus that was soaked with slug mucus. The beetles might use slug mucus as a source of water or nutrients during dry, hot weather. These fungus-feeding beetles are considered commensals of the slug.

Keywords

meghimatium fruhstorferi (Collinge 1901) Gastropoda: PhilomycidaeSynstrophus macrophthalmus (Reitter 1887)Platydema subfasci (Walker 1858)commensalismsfungivoregastropod–insect interaction