Primate-fauna interactions and coexistence



Estación de Biología "Los Tuxtlas", Instituto de Biología, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México



Primate-fauna interactions:

  • other arboreal mammals
  • fruit-eating bats
  • fruit-eating birds
  • insects (leaf-cutter ants (Atta)



·        Wild primates do not exist in an ecological vacuum. They share the canopy with other mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and a myriad of insects. Among these, those that use similar resources or that converge in time and space with the primates in the use of resources are of interest to us.


·        A basic question of our research is how do the primates partition resources with other animals in the canopy? Here we have focused our investigations on those other vertebrates and some insect groups that use leaves and fruit as food.


·        Of interest is to assess patterns of resource overlap and the magnitude of the pressure other animals in the forest exert upon food resources used by the primates (e.g. leaves in the case of howler monkeys and fruit in the case of both howler and spider monkeys).





Results of some of this studies can be found in the list of publication of the primate lab by activating the corresponding link in the main page (main page).

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