Journal of Ethology

, Volume 26, Issue 1, pp 175–178

Observation of brown-throated three-toed sloths: mating behaviour and the simultaneous nurturing of two young

  • Bruna Martins Bezerra
  • Antonio da Silva Souto
  • Lewis George Halsey
  • Nicola Schiel
Short Communication

DOI: 10.1007/s10164-007-0038-z

Cite this article as:
Martins Bezerra, B., da Silva Souto, A., Halsey, L.G. et al. J Ethol (2008) 26: 175. doi:10.1007/s10164-007-0038-z

Abstract

Bradypus variegatus is a member of the Order Pilosa, Family Bradypodidae, and is distributed in many subtropical and tropical countries in South and Central America. However, studies on this species in the wild are relatively limited and many aspects of its reproductive behaviour are unknown or unclear. The current report presents new observations of the reproductive behaviour of B. variegatus in its natural environment. These include details of both a male–female copulation and the simultaneous nurturing of two young sloths.

Keywords

Bradypus variegatus Brown-throated three-toed sloth Copulation Reproduction Parental care 

Copyright information

© Japan Ethological Society and Springer 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  • Bruna Martins Bezerra
    • 1
  • Antonio da Silva Souto
    • 1
  • Lewis George Halsey
    • 2
  • Nicola Schiel
    • 3
  1. 1.Departamento de Zoologia, Mestrado em Biologia AnimalUniversidade Federal de PernambucoRecifeBrazil
  2. 2.School of BiosciencesUniversity of BirminghamBirminghamUK
  3. 3.Faculdade Maurício de NassauRecifeBrazil

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