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Tropical rain forest fragmentation, howler monkeys (Alouatta palliata), and dung beetles at Los Tuxtlas, Mexico.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  10402034     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
In Neotropical rain forests, fresh mammal dung, especially that of howler monkeys, constitutes an important resource used by dung beetles as food and for oviposition and further feeding by their larvae. Tropical rain forest destruction, fragmentation, and subsequent isolation causing reductions in numbers of and the disappearance of howler monkeys may result in decreasing numbers of dung beetles, but this has not been documented. In this study, we present information on the presence of howlers and dung beetles in 38 isolated forest fragments and 15 agricultural habitats. Howler monkeys were censused by visual means, while dung beetles were sampled with traps baited with a mixture of howler, cow, horse, and dog dung. Results indicated that loss of area and isolation of forest fragments result in significant decrements in howlers and dung beetles. However, dung beetle abundance was found to be closely related to the presence of howler monkeys at the sites and habitats investigated. Scenarios of land management designed to reduce isolation among forest fragments may help sustain populations of howler monkeys and dung beetles, which may have positive consequences for rain forest regeneration.
A Estrada; A Anzures D; R Coates-Estrada
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  American journal of primatology     Volume:  48     ISSN:  0275-2565     ISO Abbreviation:  Am. J. Primatol.     Publication Date:  1999  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1999-08-24     Completed Date:  1999-08-24     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8108949     Medline TA:  Am J Primatol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  253-62     Citation Subset:  IM    
Estación de Biología Los Tuxtlas, Instituto de Biología, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, San Andres Tuxtla, Veracruz.
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MeSH Terms
Beetles / physiology*
Tropical Climate

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