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Nutritional parameters of the diet of two populations of capuchin monkeys: comparison between the Atlantic Forest (Cebus nigritus) and Cerrado /Caatinga ecotone (Cebus libidinosus)

Grant number: 11/21032-2
Support type:Regular Research Grants
Duration: April 01, 2012 - March 31, 2014
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Zoology - Animal Behavior
Principal researcher:Patrícia Izar
Grantee:Patrícia Izar
Home Institution: Instituto de Psicologia (IP). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil

Abstract

Many studies have sought to understand the role of nutrients in primates' diet, as well as internal and external factors that influence them. These studies suggest that primates can base your diet on five main factors: (1) maximize energy, (2) maximize protein, (3) avoid or regulate the consumption of toxins, (4) regulate the intake of fiber and (5) obtain a nutritional balance. However, detailed data on the nutritional content of the diet of primates are still scarce and inconclusive. Previous studies with populations of capuchin monkeys (Cebus libidinosus in semi-arid and Cebus nigritus in the Atlantic Forest) suggest that, contrary to the expectations, the quality and availability of food exploited by the monkeys seems to be higher in semi-arid . Although the quantitative aspects of the differences in the availability and types of food consumed by animals in these two areas are well documented, little is known about the nutritional differences in food consumed by animals and whether these differences reflect the actual diet quality of the two populations. This study aims to investigate the nutritional parameters of the diet of a population of Cebus libidinosus in an area of Cerrado/Caatinga ecotone in Boa Vista and compare the nutritional quality of the diet of these animals with a population of Cebus nigritus in Carlos Botelho State Park, an Atlantic Forest area. The study of specific taxa under different ecological conditions is a valuable tool to investigate fundamental questions about the interactions between primates and their environment, since it identifies the effect of ecological variables on their behavior and social organization. (AU)

Articles published in Agência FAPESP Newsletter about the research grant:

Scientific publications
(References retrieved automatically from Web of Science and SciELO through information on FAPESP grants and their corresponding numbers as mentioned in the publications by the authors)
PRESOTTO, ANDREA; REMILLARD, CAREN; SPAGNOLETTI, NOEMI; SALMI, ROBERTA; VERDERANE, MICHELE; STAFFORD, KATHLEEN; DOS SANTOS, RICARDO RODRIGUES; MADDEN, MARGUERITE; FRAGASZY, DOROTHY; VISALBERGHI, ELISABETTA; IZAR, PATRICIA. Rare Bearded Capuchin (Sapajus libidinosus) Tool-Use Culture is Threatened by Land use Changes in Northeastern Brazil. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PRIMATOLOGY, v. 41, n. 4 JUL 2020. Web of Science Citations: 0.
HOWARD, ALLISON; MAINALI, KUMAR; FAGAN, WILLIAM F.; VISALBERGHI, ELISABETTA; IZAR, PATRICIA; JONES, CAROLINE; FRAGASZY, DOROTHY. Foraging and inter-individual distances of bearded capuchin monkeys. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PRIMATOLOGY, v. 80, n. 8 AUG 2018. Web of Science Citations: 0.
FRAGASZY, DOROTHY M.; IZAR, PATRICIA; LIU, QING; ESHCHAR, YONAT; YOUNG, LEIGH ANNA; VISALBERGHI, ELISABETTA. Body Mass in Wild Bearded Capuchins, (Sapajus libidinosus): Ontogeny and Sexual Dimorphism. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PRIMATOLOGY, v. 78, n. 4, p. 473-484, APR 2016. Web of Science Citations: 17.

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