International Journal of Primatology

, Volume 23, Issue 4, pp 741–757 | Cite as

Avoiding Predators: Expectations and Evidence in Primate Antipredator Behavior

  • Craig B. Stanford


Predation and antipredator behavior are important but poorly studied influences on the evolution of primate societies. I review recent evidence of predation and antipredator strategies among primates. I describe patterns of antipredator behavior and attempt to explain the variation among primate taxa and among antipredator strategies. I use predation by chimpanzees on red colobus and antipredator strategies by the colobus as a case study of how a primate prey species may respond to the threat of predation.

predation antipredator behavior colobus chimpanzees sociality 


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  • Craig B. Stanford
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  1. 1.Jane Goodall Research Center and Department of AnthropologyUniversity of Southern CaliforniaLos Angeles

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