, Volume 25, Issue 4, pp 433–440

The relationship between frugivory and insectivory in primates

  • Kent H. Redford
  • Gustavo A. Bouchardet da Fonseca
  • Thomas E. LacherJr.

DOI: 10.1007/BF02381666

Cite this article as:
Redford, K.H., Bouchardet da Fonseca, G.A. & Lacher, T.E. Primates (1984) 25: 433. doi:10.1007/BF02381666


Fruit and insects are two of the major components of primate diets. Previous investigators have often assumed that the consumption of fruit by primates was unassociated with the consumption of insects. We contend that much of what has been termed fruit-eating by primates involves a significant and deliberate ingestion of insects. The implications of this are discussed.

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© Japan Monkey Centre 1984

Authors and Affiliations

  • Kent H. Redford
    • 1
  • Gustavo A. Bouchardet da Fonseca
    • 3
  • Thomas E. LacherJr.
    • 4
  1. 1.Harvard UniversityUSA
  2. 2.Florida State MuseumUniversity of FloridaGainesvilleU.S.A.
  3. 3.Instituto Brasileiro de Geografia e EstatisticaUSA
  4. 4.Huxley College of Environmental StudiesWestern Washington UniversityBellinghamU.S.A.