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

Abstract

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.

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Fernandes, M.E.B. Tool use and predation of oysters (Crassostrea rhizophorae) by the tufted capuchin,Cebus apella appella, in brackish water mangrove swamp. Primates 32, 529–531 (1991). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF02381944

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Key Words

  • Tool use
  • Oyster predation
  • Mangrove
  • Cebus apella appella
  • Maranhão
  • Brazil