Seed-eating by red leaf monkeys (Presbytis rubicunda) in dipterocarp forest of northern borneo

  • Glyn Davies


Data are presented on the feeding behavior ofPresbytis rubicunda at Sepilok, north Borneo. Emphasis is given to describing the fruit-eating behavior of this small colobine monkey, which specializes in eating seeds from large, dull-colored, and fleshless fruits. The seed predation is conspicuously different from the seed dispersal effected by sympatric monogastric primates and is characteristic of colobine frugivory at other forest sites. Most seed-eating occurred during the period of maximum fruit production and fewer small-seeded, animal-dispersed fruits were eaten at other times.

Key Words

Presbytis rubicunda fruit structure seed predation fruiting synchrony 


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  • Glyn Davies
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  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyUniversity College LondonLondonUK

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