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Grouping of the wild spider monkey

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Ateles generally lives in small temporary subgroups. The authors studied the grouping of the monkey for two months and obtained data concerning the subgroup size, composition, and inter-individual relationships. In general, the data agreed with that obtained byKlein (1972). However, they discovered that large subgroups of the monkey were observed only in relation to the utilization of a special place, the “salado” site. The authors discuss the reason for this. Criticism is given ofKlein's suggestions that the unique grouping ofAteles is a form of social adaptation to its palm-fruit eating behavior and that peripheral males exist in its social structure.

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Izawa, K., Kimura, K. & Nieto, A.S. Grouping of the wild spider monkey. Primates 20, 503–512 (1979). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF02373432

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Keywords

  • Social Structure
  • Eating Behavior
  • Animal Ecology
  • Special Place
  • Spider Monkey