Short Communications


, Volume 43, Issue 3, pp 339-342

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Ascorbic acid content of neotropical plant parts available to wild monkeys and bats

  • K. MiltonAffiliated withDepartment of Anthropology, University of California
  • , R. JennessAffiliated withPrimate Research Institute, New Mexico State University, Holloman Air Force Base

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The ascorbic acid content of foliage available to wild primates and bats in Panama (in transition between wet and dry seasons) was lower than that of temperate zone foliage but higher than that of most fruits and vegetables. Intakes of ascorbic acid (mg/kg b.wt/day) by wild primates and frugivorous bats in Panama are much greater than that of most human populations.

Key words

Ascorbic acid neotropical plants vitamin C primates anthropoids bats monkeys