Troop size, habitat quality, and home range area in Japanese macaques
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- Takasaki, H. Behav Ecol Sociobiol (1981) 9: 277. doi:10.1007/BF00299883
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The correlation between troop size (N) and home range area (R) is examined in terms of habitat quality with 32 data sets for the Japanese macaque (Macaca fuscata) from its entire distribution range. The habitat quality is represented by the vegetation type and the degree the habitat is disturbed. A proportional relationship is found between N and R when the two major vegetation types (deciduous and evergreen) are discriminated and only the data from relatively undisturbed habitats are considered. This result is discussed in relation to bioenergetics.