Habitat Exploitation by Free-ranging Saguinus niger in Eastern Amazonia  [2008]

Oliveira, Ana Cristina M. Ferrari, Stephen F.

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We monitored the foraging behavior of the members of a group of black-handed tamarins (Saguinus niger) at a site in eastern Amazonia. Their diet was frugivorous-insectivorous, but also included pod exudate of Parkia pendula. The focal group used all 3 types of forest--primary, logged, and secondary-- in all months, but differentially between seasons. In the dry season, tamarins spent more than half of activity time in primary forest and less than a third in secondary forest whereas during the wet season, the proportions were reversed. Data on resource abundance indicated that the shift in habitat preference is related to a seasonal change in the distribution of fruit sources, with a larger number of species and individuals fruiting during the wet season. We recorded no such variation in the abundance of arthropods. While using a larger area, including more secondary forest, during the wet season, the group traveled significantly shorter distances each day, reflecting the availability of a larger number of fruit sources. Overall, the results reemphasize the ecological and behavioral flexibility of Saguinus niger and their ability to cope with habitat disturbance.

Otras materias

  • foraging strategies
  • diet
  • ranging behavior
  • ecological flexibility


International journal of primatology

ISSN : 0164-0291


Other information

Idioma : English

Tipo : Journal Article

In AGRIS since : 2013

Volume : 29

Issue : 6

Start Page : 1499

End Page : 1510

Editorial : Boston : Springer US

All titles :

" Habitat Exploitation by Free-ranging Saguinus niger in Eastern Amazonia "