International Journal of Primatology

, Volume 18, Issue 6, pp 877–887

Home Range Size and Habitat Use in the Black Lion Tamarin (Leontopithecus chrysopygus)

  • Ana L. K. M. Albernaz

DOI: 10.1023/A:1026387912013

Cite this article as:
Albernaz, A.L.K.M. International Journal of Primatology (1997) 18: 877. doi:10.1023/A:1026387912013


The black lion tamarin (Leontopithecus chrysopygus) is a threatened species due to past destruction of its natural habitat, thus knowledge of its home range size and use is essential in planning for its conservation. I studied one group for 4 months in the Morro do Diabo State Park, in São Paulo State, Brazil. I estimated the home range of the group to be 64 and 127 ha via the quadrat and convex polygon methods, respectively, while a composite method yielded an estimate of 106 ha. They ate insects most frequently (38% of scans), a resource which was distributed throughout their home range. Fruit was the second major resource, but when it was not available, they ate more gum. The exploitation of fruits was associated with dryland forest, while gum-feeding occurred mainly in swamp forest. The study group used a transition zone between dryland and swamp forest most frequently, and all of their sleeping trees were located there. Although the vegetation reached 15–20 m, the group spent most of the time (55%) in the upper understory, between 4 and 8 m high. The study group revealed more specific habitat needs than thought previously, suggesting that the current population may be smaller than estimated.

black lion tamarinsBrazilhabitat usehome rangeLeontopithecus chrysopygusresource distribution

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ana L. K. M. Albernaz
    • 1
  1. 1.Instituto Florestal do Estado de São PauloSão Paulo, SPBrazil
  2. 2.Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazonia (INPA), Coord. de Pesquisas em EcologiaManaus, AMBrazil