Primates

, Volume 49, Issue 1, pp 65–68 | Cite as

Predation of wild spider monkeys at La Macarena, Colombia

Short Communication

Abstract

The killing of an adult male spider monkey (Ateles belzebuth ) by a jaguar (Panthera onca) and a predation attempt by a puma (Felis concolor) on an adult female spider monkey have been observed at the CIEM (Centro de Investigaciones Ecológicas La Macarena), La Macarena, Colombia. These incidents occurred directly in front of an observer, even though it is said that predation under direct observation on any type of primate rarely occurs. On the basis of a review of the literature, and the observations reported here, we suggest that jaguars and pumas are likely to be the only significant potential predators on adult spider monkeys, probably because of their large body size.

Keywords

Predation Spider monkey Jaguar Puma 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Graduate School of Environmental Earth ScienceHokkaido UniversitySapporoJapan
  2. 2.Department of Animal ScienceTeikyo University of Science and TechnologyYamanashiJapan

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