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Starting with concise species accounts for all the marmoset and tamarin monkeys, this important new book then goes on to review their geographical distributions and still-contested taxonomy, along with comparative reviews of vocalizations, scent-marking, mating systems, infant care and development, social organization, and behaviour and ecology in the wild. As several of these small primates are rare or threatened, these subjects are strongly relevant to their management in captivity as well as for understanding natural populations. This is the first volume for several years to review current knowledge of this family, which comprises 52 species and subspecies found from Panama to northeastern Paraguay to southern Brazil.
Part I: Distribution and Systematics
1: Systematics, geographic distribution and some notes on the conservation status of Callitrichidae
Part II: Reproduction and Behaviour in Captivity
2: Species differences in scent glands, scent marking behaviour and scent mark composition
3: Social suppression of reproduction in female marmoset and tamarin monkeys
4: Callitrichid mating systems
5: Experimental multiple hybridism among Callithrix species from eastern Brazil
7: The social organization of marmosets
8: Flexibility and cooperation as unifying themes in Sanguinus social organization and behaviour
9: Species comparisons of infant care in marmosets and tamarins
10: Behavioural ontogeny of Callitrichadae
Part III: Ecology and Behaviour
11: Ecology of Cebuella
12: Habitats and feeding ecology of the genus Callithrix
13: Feeding ecology and behaviour of the genus Sanguinus
14: Ecology of Leontopithecus
15: Ecological differentiation of the Callitrichidae
"Anthony Rylands and his contributors have provided primatology with an updated theme-oriented approach to callitrichid biology which, without doubt, (1) represents an unrivalled comparative synthesis of our understanding of the systematics, ecology and behaviour of this primate (sub)family, and (2) will become the starting point of many a research hypothesis concerning the causes and adaptive functions of callitrichid biology over the next 10 years and beyond. The book is remarkable in terms of the amount of information and interpretations and hypotheses that it contains."
– Christopher Pryce, Universität Zürich, Primate eye, No. 53, June 1994
"Extensively referenced at the end of the book and fully indexed."
– Aslib Book Guide, vol. 59, no. 6, June 1994
"this volume is a much needed update and summary of the large body of work that has been completed in the last 15 years [...] This volume is a significant step to consolidating current information and is a must for those who work with callitrichids [...] between being used for my own work and being lent to others in my department, the Rylands volume has spent little time sitting idly on my shelf."
– Leslie Digby, University of California, Animal Behaviour, 49, 2
"The volume, with its 15 chapters by 27 authors and its nearly 800 references, constitutes an updated milestone for specialists."
– Patrizia Messeri, Università di Firenze, Italy, Tropical Zoology 9: 1996