Nocturnality and Diurnality

An Ecological Interpretation of These Two Modes of Life by an Analysis of the Higher Vertebrate Fauna in Tropical Forest Ecosystems
  • Pierre Charles-Dominique


Nocturnal and diurnal life styles have profound implications for the behavior and neurophysiology of vertebrates. Moreover, in numerous animal groups these two modes of life coincide with taxonomic subdivisions, thereby indicating the roles that they may have played during the course of vertebrate evolution.


Ecological Niche Weight Category Stereotyped Movement Nocturnal Species Nocturnal Primate 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Pierre Charles-Dominique
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    • 2
  1. 1.Laboratoire de Primatologie et d’Écologie des Forêts EquatorialesC.N.R.S.BrunoyFrance
  2. 2.Laboratoire d’Écologie GénéraleMuséum National d’Histoire NaturelleBrunoyFrance

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