The Colobines are a group of Afroeurasian monkeys that exhibit extraordinary behavioural and ecological diversity. With long tails and diverse colourations, they are medium-sized primates, mostly arboreal, that are found in many different habitats, from rain forests and mountain forests to mangroves and savannah. Over the last two decades, our understanding of this group of primates has increased dramatically. The Colobines presents a comprehensive overview of the current research on colobine populations, including the range of biological, ecological, behavioural and societal traits they exhibit. It highlights areas where our knowledge is still lacking, and outlines the current conservation status of colobine populations, exploring the threats to their survival. Bringing together international experts, this volume will aid future conservation efforts and encourage further empirical studies. It will be of interest to researchers and graduate students in primatology, biological anthropology and conservation science.
1. General introduction / Ikki Matsuda, Cyril C. Grueter and Julie A. Teichroeb
2. Taxonomic classification of Colobine monkeys / Christian Roos
3. The Colobine fossil record / Stephen R. Frost, Christopher C. Gilbert and Masato Nakatsukasa
4. Molecular phylogeny and phylogeography of Colobines / Christian Roos and Dietmar Zinner
5. Relationships between the diet and dentition of Asian leaf monkeys / Barth W. Wright and Mary S. Willis
6. Morphology and physiology of Colobine digestive tracts / Ikki Matsuda and Marcus Clauss
7. The Colobine gut microbiota: New perspectives on the nutrition and health of a specialized subfamily of primates / Katherine R. Amato, Jonathan B. Clayton and Vanessa L. Hale
8. Colobine nutritional ecology / Jessica M. Rothman, Allegra N. DePasquale, Katarina D. Evans and Dominique L. Raboin
9. Red colobus natural history / Amanda H. Korstjens, Alison P. Hillyer and Inza Koné
10. The natural history of black-and-white Colobus monkeys / Peter J. Fashing
11. The behaviour and ecology of olive Colobus / Julie A. Teichroeb and Amanda H. Korstjens
12. Ecology and behaviour of odd-nosed Colobines / Cyril C. Grueter, Wendy M. Erb, Larry R. Ulibarri and Ikki Matsuda
13. The ecology of Semnopithecus / Ken Sayers
14. Ecology of sympatric and allopatric Presbytis and Trachypithecus langurs in Sundaland / Vincent Nijman
15. The ecology of Trachypithecus spp. in the Indo-Burmese region / Alison M Behie, Kirrily Apthorp, Rebecca Hendershott and Kayla Ruskin
16. Socio-ecology of Asian Colobines / Elisabeth H. M. Sterck and Tom S. Roth
17. Socioecology of African Colobines / Julie A. Teichroeb
18. Causes and consequences of the formation of multilevel societies in Colobines / Cyril C. Grueter
19. Colobine population ecology: What limits population size? / Colin A. Chapman, Amélie Corriveau, Kim Valenta, Fabiola Espinosa-Gómez and Valérie A.M. Schoof
20. The state of Asian Colobines and their conservation needs / John Sha, Ikki Matsuda, Qihai Zhou, Andie Ang and Tilo Nadler
21. Conservation of Africa's Colobine monkeys (Cercopithecidae, Colobinae) with taxonomic and biogeographic considerations / Thomas M. Butynski and Yvonne A. de Jong
22. Directions for future research / Julie A. Teichroeb, Cyril C. Grueter and Ikki Matsuda
Ikki Matsuda is an Associate Professor at Chubu University Academy of Emerging Sciences, Advisor at Japan Monkey Centre, and specially appointed Associate Professor at the Wildlife Research Center of Kyoto University, Japan. His expertise in primate ecology, in particular of the proboscis monkey, is based on extensive fieldwork.
Cyril C. Grueter is a primatologist and biological anthropologist. He is a Senior Lecturer at The University of Western Australia, Perth, and an Adjunct Professor at the International Centre of Biodiversity and Primate Conservation, Dali University, China. He has been actively involved in research on snub-nosed monkeys in China since 2002, mountain gorillas in Rwanda since 2009, and chimpanzees and colobus monkeys in Rwanda since 2015.
Julie A. Teichroeb is a primate behavioural ecologist and Associate Professor at the University of Toronto Scarborough, Canada. She has studied wild black-and-white colobus monkeys since 2000 in Ghana and Uganda, and also currently examines spatial ecology in vervet monkeys in Uganda. She is the co-editor of Primate Research and Conservation in the Anthropocene (Cambridge University Press, 2019).