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Indonesian Primates

Series: Developments in Primatology: Progress and Prospects

Edited By: Sharon Gursky and Jatna Supriatna

409 pages, Col & b/w figs, tabs


Hardback | Feb 2010 | #184552 | ISBN-13: 9781441915597
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Edited by two internationally renowned primatologists, this new text synthesizes current research on the primates of Indonesia, which include apes, monkeys, and prosimians. It is published at a crucial time as anxiety over the fate of the Indonesian primate population is rising. One study concluded that more than 70% of Asian primate species are threatened with extinction, while 84% of the dozens of Indonesian primate species are threatened. In this volume, the common thread of diversity is inextricably linked to the theme of conservation.

Contributed by key researchers from around the world, the volume's chapters demonstrate the sheer variety in Indonesian primates, ranging from Nekaris and Munds' study of using slow loris facial variation to distinguish species to Delgado's discussion of communication patterns among orangutans. The book's first section contains chapters on the endangered orangutans and gibbons. The orangutan, in its Sumatran and Bornean forms, is the only Asian great ape; yet in Borneo, Sugardito and Adhikerana nest densities are severely threatened by logging activity, especially at national park boundaries.

The authors highlight the effectiveness of community-based patrolling as a protective measure is becoming an increasingly effective means of protecting orangutans. The second section of the text examines the diversity of monkeys in Indonesia, with each author in turn stressing the importance of conservation. Yorzinski uses the critically endangered pig-tailed langur of the Indonesian Mentawai Islands to demonstrate how isolated island primates react to predation pressure, while further chapters explore the relationship between vegetation and primate densities, habitat quality and its degradation, and human--simian interaction.

A further section looks at the region's prosimians and notes that the taxonomic diversity is only recently being explored. The cryptic/nocturnal nature of these primates makes their conservation status even more uncertain.

From the reviews: "In this volume, primatologists Gursky-Doyen and Supriatna assemble discussions about ongoing research conducted by an international community of scholars. Studies include the social behavior, ecology, and, in particular, conservation of these often-endangered relatives of humans. ! Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through researchers/faculty." (E. Delson, Choice, Vol. 48 (1), September, 2010) "If you are in the market for a book on Indonesian primates, there is no doubt that you could not do better than this handsome volume. ! It will inevitably be purchased by, and for, libraries for reference, and it will date quickly. If you need this book for your PhD or dissertation, you will buy it." (Jennie Robinson, The Biologist, Vol. 57 (4), December, 2010)


Dedication Acknowledgments List of Contributors 1 Introduction Nanda Grow, Sharon Gursky-Doyen and Jatna Supriatna Part 1 Indonesia's Apes 2 Measuring Performance of Orangutan Protection and Monitoring Unit: Implications for Species Conservation Jito Sugardjito and Asep S. Adhikerana 3 Communication, Culture and Conservation in Orangutans Roberto Delgado 4 The Natural History of Sumatran Orangutan (Pongo abelii) Sri Suci Utami Atmoko and Carel van Schaik 5 Javan Gibbon (Hylobates moloch): Population and Conservation Jatna Supriatna, Alan Mootnick and Noviar Andayani 6 Siamang Socioecology in Spatiotemporally Heterogenous Landscapes: Do 'Typical' Groups Exist? Susan Lappan 7 Impact of Forest Fragmentation on Ranging and Home Range of Siamang (Symphalangus syndactylus) and Agile Gibbons (Hylobates agilis) Achmad Yanuar and David J. Chivers 8 Behavioral Ecology of Gibbons (Hylobates albibarbis) in a Degraded Peat Swamp Forest Susan M. Cheyne 9 Effects of Habitat Quality on Primate Populations in Kalimantan: Gibbons and Leaf Monkeys as Case Studies Andrew J. Marshall Part 2 Indonesia's Monkeys 10 Predator Recognition in the Absence of Selection Jessica L. Yorzinski 11 The Relationship Between Nonhuman Primate Densities and Vegetation on the Pagai, Mentawi Islands, Indonesia Lisa M. Paciulli 12 Proboscis Monkey (Nasalis larvatus): Bio-Ecology and Conservation Muhamad Bismark 13 Pest, Pestilence and People:The Long-tailed Macaque and its Role in the Cultural Complexities of Bali Kelly E. Lane, Michelle Lute, Aida Rompis, I Nengah Wandia, IGA Arta Putra, Hope Hollocher, and Agustin Fuentes 14 The Not so Sacred Monkeys of Bali: A Radiographic Study of Human-Primate Commensalism Michael Schilaci, Gregory A. Engel, Agustin Fuentes, Aida Rompis, Arta Putra, I. Nengah Wandia, James A. Bailey, Gil Brogdon, Lisa Jones-Engel 15 Male-Male Affiliation in Sulawesi Tonkean Macaques Erin Riley 16 Ecology and Conservation of the Hose's Langur Group (Colobinae: Presbytis hosei, P. canicrus, P. sabana): A Review Vincent Nijman 17 Thomas Langurs: Ecology and Sexual Conflict and Social Dynamics Serge A. Wich and Elizabeth H. M. Sterck 18 Dominance and Reciprocity in the Grooming Relationships of Female Long-tailed Macaques (Macaca fasicularis) in Indonesia Michael D. Gumert 19 Selamatkan Yaki! Conservation of Sulawesi crested black macaques Macaca nigra Vicky Melfi Part 3 Indonesia's Prosimians 20 The Function of Scentmarking in Spectral Tarsiers Sharon Gursky-Doyen 21 The Population Ecology of Dian's Tarsier Stefan Merker 22 Using Facial Markings to Unmask Diversity: The Slow Lorises (Primates: Lorisidae: Nycticebus spp.) of Indonesia Anna Nekaris and Rachel Munds 23 Conclusions Jatna Supriatna and Sharon Gursky-Doyen Index

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