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Keywords:

  • Callicebus torquatus;
  • social organization;
  • group size;
  • taxonomy;
  • geographic distribution

Abstract

Population densities of yellow-handed titi monkey (Callicebus torquatus) were estimated using transect census methods. Densities were 2.8 individuals/km2 in the upper Rio Itaya basin and 2.5 individuals/km2 in the lower Rio Algodón basin. Group size varied from two to five individuals, with an average of 2.9 individuals per group at the Rio Itaya. Groups were generally composed of two adults, probably the reproductive pair, with progeny from one to three previous birth seasons. Although the Rio Itaya population is phenotypically identical to populations from the rivers Nanay and Tigre, it differs from population on the rivers Napo and Putumayo. This suggests the existence of two disjunct populations of C. torquatus in Peruvian Amazonia whose taxonomic status warrants further examination. Am. J. Primatol. 70:1181–1186, 2008. © 2008 Wiley-Liss, Inc.