, Volume 25, Issue 4, pp 433–440 | Cite as

The relationship between frugivory and insectivory in primates

  • Kent H. Redford
  • Gustavo A. Bouchardet da Fonseca
  • Thomas E. LacherJr.


Fruit and insects are two of the major components of primate diets. Previous investigators have often assumed that the consumption of fruit by primates was unassociated with the consumption of insects. We contend that much of what has been termed fruit-eating by primates involves a significant and deliberate ingestion of insects. The implications of this are discussed.


Animal Ecology Previous Investigator Primate Diet Deliberate Ingestion 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kent H. Redford
    • 1
  • Gustavo A. Bouchardet da Fonseca
    • 2
  • Thomas E. LacherJr.
    • 3
  1. 1.Harvard UniversityUSA
  2. 2.Instituto Brasileiro de Geografia e EstatisticaUSA
  3. 3.Huxley College of Environmental StudiesWestern Washington UniversityBellinghamU.S.A.

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