Foraging Strategy Changes in an Alouatta palliata mexicana Troop Released on an Island

  • Ernesto Rodríguez-Luna
  • Laura E. Domínguez-Domínguez
  • Jorge E. Morales-Mávil
  • Manuel Martínez-Morales


The distribution of primates has been diminishing during the last decades because of fragmentation and disappearance of habitat (Estrada and Coates-Estrada, 1994). As a consequence, the geographic distribution is no longer continuous and is comprised of areas relatively inaccessible to people. Fragmented habitat is where some primates manifest a great behavioral elasticity as an adaptive response to changes in their environment (Chivers, 1991; García-Orduña, 1996; Rodríguez-Luna, 2000). The renewed interest for the study of primates under different environmental conditions is attributed to a change in perspectives of theory and methodology for research. Chivers (1986) suggested that, as a complement to the study of the survival of primates in disturbed habitat, work must be developed in different-sized fragments of tropical forest.


Disturbed Habitat Howler Monkey Fragmented Habitat Daily Activity Pattern Ficus Species 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ernesto Rodríguez-Luna
    • 1
  • Laura E. Domínguez-Domínguez
    • 1
  • Jorge E. Morales-Mávil
    • 1
  • Manuel Martínez-Morales
    • 2
  1. 1.Parque de Flora y Fauna Silvestre Tropical, Instituto de NeuroetologíaUniversidad VeracruzanaJalapa, VeracruzMéxico
  2. 2.Maestría en Inteligencia ArtificialUniversidad VeracruzanaJalapa, VeracruzMéxico

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