Spider Monkeys: The Biology, Behavior and Ecology of the Genus Ateles

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Spider monkeys are one of the most widespread New World primate genera, ranging from southern Mexico to Bolivia. Although they are common in zoos, spider monkeys are traditionally very difficult to study in the wild, because they are fast-moving, live high in the canopy, and are almost always found in small subgroups that vary in size and composition throughout the day. The past decade has seen an expansion in research being carried out on this genus and this book is an assimilation of both published, and new and previously unpublished, research. It is a comprehensive source of information for academic researchers and graduate students interested in primatology, evolutionary anthropology, and behavioral ecology and covers topics such as taxonomy, diet, sexuality and reproduction, and conservation.
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'A book concentrating on spider monkeys is long overdue and this one succeeds in consolidating and reviewing current information and, in a few chapters, presents new information available from long-term field studies.' Primate Eye

'… useful reference for academic researchers and graduate students.' Mammalia

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Meet the Author

Christina J. Campbell is a research associate of the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at the University of California, Los Angeles. She teaches courses in Biological Anthropology at The California Institute of Technology and Santa Monica College. Her research interests include behavioral ecology and reproductive endocrinology and physiology.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction Christina J. Campbell Campbell, Christina J. 1

Pt. I Taxonomy, phylogeny and evolution

2 Morphology and evolution of the spider monkey, genus Ateles Alfred L. Rosenberger Rosenberger, Alfred L. Lauren Halenar Halenar, Lauren Siobhan B. Cooke Cooke, Siobhan B. Walter C. Hartwig Hartwig, Walter C. 19

3 The taxonomic status of spider monkeys in the twenty-first century Andrew C. Collins Collins, Andrew C. 50

Pt. II Ecology

4 Diets of wild spider monkeys Anthony Di Fiore Di Fiore, Anthony Andres Link Link, Andres I. Lawrence Dew Dew, I. Lawrence 81

5 Factors influencing spider monkey habitat use and ranging patterns Robert B. Wallace Wallace, Robert B. 138

6 Spider monkeys as seed dispersers J. Lawrence Dew Dew, J. Lawrence 155

Pt. III Behavior and reproduction

7 Locomotion and positional behavior of spider monkeys Dionisios Youlatos Youlatos, Dionisios 185

8 Communication in spider monkeys: the function and mechanisms underlying the use of the whinny Gabriel Ramos-Fernandez Ramos-Fernandez, Gabriel 220

9 Social interactions, social relationships and the social system of spider monkeys Filippo Aureli Aureli, Filippo Colleen M. Schaffner Schaffner, Colleen M. 236

10 Spider monkey reproduction and sexual behavior Christina J. Campbell Campbell, Christina J. K. Nicole Gibson Gibson, K. Nicole 266

11 Immaturity in spider monkeys: a risky business Laura Greer Vick Vick, Laura Greer 288

12 Demography and group composition of Ateles Yukiko Shimooka Shimooka, Yukiko Christina J. Campbell Campbell, Christina J. Anthony Di Fiore Di Fiore, Anthony Annika M. Felton Felton, Annika M. Kosei Izawa Izawa, Kosei Andres Link Link, Andres Akisato NishimuraNishimura, Akisato Gabriel Ramos-Fernandez Ramos-Fernandez, Gabriel Robert B. Wallace Wallace, Robert B. 329

Pt. IV Interactions with humans

13 Spider monkey conservation in the twenty-first century: recognizing risks and opportunities Gabriel Ramos-Fernandez Ramos-Fernandez, Gabriel Robert B. Wallace Wallace, Robert B. 351

14 The ethnoprimatology of spider monkeys (Ateles spp.): from past to present Loretta A. Cormier Cormier, Loretta A. Bernardo Urbani Urbani, Bernardo 377

Index 404

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