Eat or be Eaten: Predator Sensitive Foraging Among Primates

Eat or be Eaten: Predator Sensitive Foraging Among Primates

by Lynne E. Miller


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This volume brings together primary data from a variety of primate species living in both natural habitats and experimental settings, and explores the variables that may play a role in primates' behavioral strategies. Taken together, these studies demonstrate that predator sensitive foraging is relevant to many primates, of various body sizes and group sizes and living in different environments. Eat or be Eaten encourages further discussion and investigation of the subject and will make fascinating reading for researchers and students in primatology, ecology, and animal behavior.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521011044
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 12/16/2010
Pages: 310
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

LYNNE E. MILLER is head of the program in anthropology at MiraCosta College in Oceanside, California. For over ten years, she has studied the behaviour and ecology of a population of wedge-capped capuchin monkeys in Venezuela. She also chairs the Education Committee of the American Society of Primatologists and is an active member of the International Primatological Society.

Table of Contents

List of contributorsvii
1An introduction to predator sensitive foraging1
Part IBiological Variables
2Dangers in the dark: Are some nocturnal primates afraid of the dark?21
3Predation sensitive foraging in captive tamarins41
4Seeing red: Consequence of individual differences in color vision in callitrichid primates58
5Predator sensitive foraging in Thomas langurs74
Part IISocial Variables
6The role of group size in predator sensitive foraging decisions for wedge-capped capuchin monkeys (Cebus olivaceus)95
7Group size effects on predation sensitive foraging in wild ring-tailed lemurs (Lemur catta)107
8Species differences in feeding in Milne Edward's sifakas (Propithecus diadema edwardsi), rufus lemurs (Eulemur fulvus rufus), and red-bellied lemurs (Eulemur rubiventer) in southern Madagascar: Implications for predator avoidance126
9Evidence of predator sensitive foraging and traveling in single- and mixed-species tamarin troops138
10Predator (in)sensitive foraging in sympatric female vervets (Cercopithecus aethiops) and patas monkeys (Erythrocebus patas): A test of ecological models of group dispersion154
11Predation risk and antipredator adaptations in white-faced sakis, Pithecia pithecia169
Part IIIEnvironmental Variables
12Foraging female baboons exhibit similar patterns of antipredator vigilance across two populations187
13Foraging and safety in adult female blue monkeys in the Kakamega Forest, Kenya205
14Predicting predation risk for foraging, arboreal monkeys222
15Predator sensitive foraging in ateline primates242
16Antipredatory behavior in gibbons (Hylobates lar, Khao Yai/Thailand)268

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