Howler Monkeys

Behavior, Ecology, and Conservation

  • Martín M. Kowalewski
  • Paul A. Garber
  • Liliana Cortés-Ortiz
  • Bernardo Urbani
  • Dionisios Youlatos

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Martín M. Kowalewski, Paul A. Garber, Liliana Cortés-Ortiz, Bernardo Urbani, Dionisios Youlatos
      Pages 3-17
  3. Behavioral Ecology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 19-19
    2. Pedro Américo D. Dias, Ariadna Rangel-Negrín
      Pages 21-56
    3. Sarie Van Belle, Júlio César Bicca-Marques
      Pages 57-84
    4. Paul A. Garber, Nicoletta Righini, Martín M. Kowalewski
      Pages 85-109
    5. Víctor Arroyo-Rodríguez, Ellen Andresen, Susana P. Bravo, Pablo R. Stevenson
      Pages 111-139
    6. Jurgi Cristóbal-Azkarate, Bernardo Urbani, Norberto Asensio
      Pages 141-164
    7. Dionisios Youlatos, Denise Guillot
      Pages 191-218
    8. Vanessa Barbisan Fortes, Júlio César Bicca-Marques, Bernardo Urbani, Vanina Alejandra Fernández, Thiago da Silva Pereira
      Pages 219-255
  4. Conservation and Management

  5. Conclusion

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 429-440

About this book


Howler monkeys (genus Alouatta) comprise twelve species of leaf-eating New World monkeys that range from southern Mexico through northern Argentina. This genus is the most widespread of any New World primate taxa, and can be found to inhabit a range of forest types from undisturbed rainforest to severely anthropogenically impacted forest fragments. Although there have been many studies on individual species of howler monkeys, this book is the first comprehensive volume to place information on howler behavior and biology within a theoretical framework of ecological and social adaptability. This is the second of two volumes devoted to the genus Alouatta.

This volume:

·         Examines behavioral and physiological mechanisms that enable howler monkeys to exploit highly disturbed and fragmented habitats

·         Presents models of howler monkey diet, social organization, and mating systems that can also inform researchers studying Old World colobines, apes, and other tropical mammals

These goals are achieved in a collection of chapters written by a distinguished group of scientists on the feeding ecology, behavior, mating strategies, and management and conservation of howlers. This book also contains chapters on the howler microbiome, the concept of behavioral variability, sexual selection, and the role of primates in forest regeneration.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Martín M. Kowalewski
    • 1
  • Paul A. Garber
    • 2
  • Liliana Cortés-Ortiz
    • 3
  • Bernardo Urbani
    • 4
  • Dionisios Youlatos
    • 5
  1. 1.Estación Biológica CorrientesMuseo Argentino de Ciencias Naturales, Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (CONICET)Argentina
  2. 2.Department of AnthropologyUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignUrbanaUSA
  3. 3.Museum of Zoology, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary BiologyUniversity of MichiganAnn ArborUSA
  4. 4.Centro de AntropologíaInstituto Venezolano de Investigaciones CientíficasCaracasVenezuela
  5. 5.Department of ZoologyAristotle University of ThessalonikiGR-54124 ThessalonikiGreece

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