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About this book
About this book
This volume details the different ways that nocturnal primates avoid predators. Anti-predator strategies exhibited by nocturnal prosimians include: crypsis, alarm calling, mobbing behavior, production of toxins, group cohesion, behavioral modification during moonlight, and vigilance, among others. Additionally, Primates and their Predators incorporates several chapters on the theoretical advances that researchers studying nocturnal primates need to make (that is, where the field needs to go given the state of predation theory). Chapters on predation theory of non-nocturnal primates are included for comparision purposes.
Predation and Primate Cognitive Evolution.- Predation on Primates: A Biogeographical Analysis.- Primates and other Prey in the Seasonally Variable Diet of Cryptoprocta ferox in the Dry Deciduous Forest of Western Madagascar.- Predation on Lemurs in the Rainforest of Madagascar by Multiple Predator Species.- Predation, Communication and Cognition in Lemurs.- A Consideration of Leaping Locomotion as Means of Predator Avoidance in Prosimian Primates.- Anti-Predator Strategies of Cathemeral Primates: Dealing with the Predators of the Day and Night.- Moonlight and Behavior in Nocturnal and Catheral Primates, especially Lempilemur leucopus.- A Comparison of Calling Patterns in Two Nocturnal Primates, Otolemur crassicaudatus and Galago moholi as a Guide to Predation Risk.- Predator Defense by Slender Lorises and Pottos.- The Response of Spectral Tarsiers Toward Avian and Terrestrial Predators.- Talking Defensively, a dual use for the Brachial Gland Exudate of Slow and Pygmy Lorises.- Anti-Predator Strategies in a Diurnal Prosimian, the Ringtailed Lemur at the Beza Mahafaly Special Reserve, Madagascar.- Howler Monkeys and Harp Eagles: A communication arms race.- Effects of Habitat Structure on Perceived Risk of Predation and Anti-Predator Behavior of Vervet and Patas.- Predation Risk and Habitat Use in Chacma Baboons.- Reconstructing Hominin Interactions with Mammalian Carnivores.
393 pages, Figs, tabs, illus
From the reviews: "This volume concerns itself with the behaviour of primates when confronted with predators or the risk of predation. ! Overall, primate predation is certainly an understudied topic in our field. Primates (as prey) need to asses predator risk first by identification of the threat and then implement an appropriate anti-predatory strategy. ! The Gursky and Nekaris volume certainly adds to an interesting topic in search of hard empirical data and predictable patterns. I recommend reading this book." (Daniel L. Gebo, Journal of Mammalian Evolution, Vol. 14, 2007)