, Volume 32, Issue 4, pp 529–531 | Cite as

Tool use and predation of oysters (Crassostrea rhizophorae) by the tufted capuchin,Cebus apella appella, in brackish water mangrove swamp

  • Marcus E. B. Fernandes
Short Communication


Cebus apella apella is considered to be omnivorous, manipulative and exploiter. A case of oyster predation is reported from an individual of a population inhabiting mangrove swamps in the village of Canelatiua, Maranhão, Brazil. It is suggested that this behavioural adaptability on mangrove resources is a key factor in the success of the species in this ecosystem.

Key Words

Tool use Oyster predation Mangrove Cebus apella appella Maranhão Brazil 


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© Japan Monkey Centre 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • Marcus E. B. Fernandes
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  1. 1.Depto. de ZoologiaMuseu Paraense Emilio GoeldiBelém, ParáBrasil

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