Edited By: Sharon Gursky and KAI Nekaris
393 pages, Figs, tabs, illus
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.
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)
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