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Lemur Social Systems and Their Ecological Basis - Jorg U. Ganzhorn

Lemur Social Systems and Their Ecological Basis

By: Jorg U. Ganzhorn (Editor), Peter M. Kappeler (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 31st October 1993
ISBN: 9780306445767
Number Of Pages: 274

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The past decade has seen a steady increase in studies oflemur behavior and ecology. As a result, there is much novel information on newly studied populations, and even newly discovered species, that has not yet been published or summarized. In fact, lemurs have not been the focus of an international symposium since the Prosimian Biology Conference in London in 1972. Moreover, research on lemurs has reached a new quality by addressing general issues in behavioral ecology and evolutionary biology. Although lemurs provide important comparative information on these topics, this aspect of research on lemurs has not been reviewed and compared with similar studies in other primate radiations. Thus, as did many in the field, we felt that the time was ripe to review and synthesize our knowledge of lemur behavioral ecology. Following an initiative by Gerry Doyle, we organized a symposium at the XIVth Congress of the International Primatological Society in Strasbourg, France, where 15 contributions summarized much new information on lemur social systems and their ecological basis. This volume provides a collection of the papers presented at the Strasbourg symposium (plus two reports from recently completed field projects). Each chapter was peer-reviewed, typically by one "lemurologist" and one other biologist. The first three chapters present novel information from the first long-term field studies of three enigmatic species. Sterling describes the social organization of Daubentonia madagascariensis, showing that aye-aye ranging patterns deviate from those of all other nocturnal primates.

Patterns of Range Use and Social Organization in Aye-ayes (Daubentonia madagascariensis) on Nosy Mangabep. 1
The Socioecology of Eulemur macaco: A Preliminary Reportp. 11
Home Range and Diet in Red Ruffed Lemurs (Varecia variegata rubra) on the Masoala Peninsula, Madagascarp. 25
Male Transfer in Captive Ruffed Lemurs, Varecia variegata variegatap. 41
A Review of Predation on Lemurs: Implications for the Evolution of Social Behavior in Small, Nocturnal Primatesp. 51
Adaptation and Phylogenetic Constraints in the Antipredator Behavior of Ringtailed and Ruffed Lemursp. 67
Territoriality in Lemur catta Groups During the Birth Season at Berenty, Madagascarp. 85
A New Interpretation of the Social Organization and Mating System of the Ringtailed Lemur (Lemur catta)p. 111
Feeding Behavior of Lemur catta Females in Relation to Their Physiological Statep. 123
Resource Competition in Wild Populations of Ringtailed Lemurs (Lemur catta): Implications for Female Dominancep. 135
Flexibility and Constraints of Lepilemur Ecologyp. 153
Ecological and Reproductive Correlates to Range Use in Red-bellied Lemurs (Eulemur rubriventer) and Rufous Lemurs (Eulemur fulvus rufus)p. 167
Resource Tracking: Food Availability and Propithecus Seasonal Reproductionp. 179
Seasonal Behavioral Variation and its Relationship to Thermoregulation in Ruffed Lemurs (Varecia variegata variegata)p. 193
Seasonal Adjustment of Growth Rate and Adult Body Weight in Ringtailed Lemursp. 205
Sexual Selection and Lemur Social Systemsp. 223
Life History, Activity Period and Lemur Social Systemsp. 241
Resumesp. 261
Indexp. 271
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ISBN: 9780306445767
ISBN-10: 030644576X
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 274
Published: 31st October 1993
Publisher: Springer Science+Business Media
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 17.8  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 1.71