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Diet and feeding behaviour of samango monkeys (Cercopithecus mitis labiatus) in Ngoye Forest, South Africa.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  2323688     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The samango monkey occurs at the southern limit of the range of Cercopithecus mitis. Greater climatic seasonality at this latitude results in more predictable fruiting patterns. In addition, there are no diurnal sympatric primate frugivores. Under these conditions, the diet and feeding strategies of samango monkeys would be expected to differ notably from those of central or east African C. mitis subspecies. Contrary to these expectations, the preliminary observations reported here indicate that diets of samango and blue monkeys differ only superficially in the proportions of items eaten. Similarities in feeding behaviour are especially marked during the dry season period when fruit is not abundant. Both samango and blue monkeys tend to be less selective in their choice of food species and to eat available food species regardless of their energy content; a shift toward less nutritious items such as leaves is also noted. Feeding behaviour during the summer wet season is characterized by the selection of fruits with high-energy values. A high proportion of visits by the monkeys to areas of greater food availability suggests a concentration of feeding effort in food patches and the selection of higher energy food species within patches.
M J Lawes; S P Henzi; M R Perrin
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Folia primatologica; international journal of primatology     Volume:  54     ISSN:  0015-5713     ISO Abbreviation:  Folia Primatol.     Publication Date:  1990  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1990-05-24     Completed Date:  1990-05-24     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0370723     Medline TA:  Folia Primatol (Basel)     Country:  SWITZERLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  57-69     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Zoology and Entomology, University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa.
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MeSH Terms
Cercopithecus / physiology*
Feeding Behavior*
Food Preferences
Food Supply
Population Dynamics
South Africa

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