Can phenology explain the scarcity of folivory in New World primates?
Article first published online: 17 OCT 2001
Copyright © 2001 Wiley-Liss, Inc.
American Journal of Primatology
Volume 55, Issue 3, pages 171–175, November 2001
How to Cite
Heymann, E. W. (2001), Can phenology explain the scarcity of folivory in New World primates?. Am. J. Primatol., 55: 171–175. doi: 10.1002/ajp.1050
- Issue published online: 17 OCT 2001
- Article first published online: 17 OCT 2001
- Manuscript Accepted: 30 JUL 2001
- Manuscript Received: 10 APR 2001
I evaluated the hypothesis that the scarcity of folivorous neotropical primate taxa is due to fruiting and leafing occurring in phase in the New World. I compiled phenological information from different primatological studies, and correlated patterns of fruiting and leafing. Contrary to the prediction of the hypothesis, at most sites there was no synchronization of fruiting and leafing. Thus, the scarcity of folivorous platyrrhine taxa can not be attributed to specific phenological patterns of the neotropics. Some potential alternative hypotheses are suggested. Am. J. Primatol. 55:171–175, 2001. © 2001 Wiley-Liss, Inc.