Ground use by northern muriquis (Brachyteles hypoxanthus)

Mourthé, IMC, Guedes, D, Fidelis, J, Boubli, JP ORCID:, Mendes, SL and Strier, KB 2007, 'Ground use by northern muriquis (Brachyteles hypoxanthus)' , American Journal of Primatology, 69 (6) , pp. 706-712.

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Many arboreal primates descend to the ground, a custom that may occur more frequently in disturbed habitats, and in the presence of researchers to whom the primates are habituated. In this paper, we describe opportunistic observations of ground use in two groups of northern muriquis (Brachyteles hypoxanthus) at the RPPN Feliciano Miguel Abdala, Minas Gerais, Brazil. Members of both groups were observed drinking, resting, feeding, playing, and traveling on the ground to different degrees, and variation in the levels of habituation of the two groups may be responsible for the differences in the distribution of their terrestrial activities. The potential increase in vulnerability to predation or disease owing to ground use has implications for the conservation of this critically endangered species.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Environment and Life Sciences
Journal or Publication Title: American Journal of Primatology
Publisher: Wiley
ISSN: 0275-2565
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Funders: The Zoological Society of San Diego/Conservation and Research for Endangered Species, The National Geographic Society, the Margot Marsh Biodiversity Foudation, The Liz Claiborne and Art Ortenberg Foundation, The Graduate School of the University of Wisconsin-Madison
Depositing User: Prof JP Boubli
Date Deposited: 03 Nov 2021 14:21
Last Modified: 04 Nov 2021 11:48

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