All authors contributed equally to this work.
Intraspecific variation in hair δ13C and δ15N values of ring-tailed lemurs (Lemur catta) with known individual histories, behavior, and feeding ecology†
Article first published online: 23 APR 2007
Copyright © 2007 Wiley-Liss, Inc.
American Journal of Physical Anthropology
Volume 133, Issue 3, pages 978–985, July 2007
How to Cite
Loudon, J. E., Sponheimer, M., Sauther, M. L. and Cuozzo, F. P. (2007), Intraspecific variation in hair δ13C and δ15N values of ring-tailed lemurs (Lemur catta) with known individual histories, behavior, and feeding ecology. Am. J. Phys. Anthropol., 133: 978–985. doi: 10.1002/ajpa.20605
- Issue published online: 4 JUN 2007
- Article first published online: 23 APR 2007
- Manuscript Accepted: 29 JAN 2007
- Manuscript Received: 3 JUN 2006
- Lindbergh Fund
- The Saint Louis Zoo
- The John Ball Zoo Society
- The National Geographic Society
- The University of Colorado, Boulder
- The Burt Fund
- isotope ratios;
- Lemur catta;
- starvation isotope effects
Stable carbon and nitrogen isotope compositions were analyzed from hair samples of 30 sympatric ring-tailed lemurs (Lemur catta) inhabiting the Beza Mahafaly Special Reserve, Madagascar. All lemurs were known individuals involved in a longitudinal study, which allowed us to explore the degree to which group membership, sex, health status, and migration influenced their stable isotope compositions. The differences in δ13C and δ15N values between groups were small (<1.5‰) but highly significant. In fact, each group was tightly clustered, and discriminant function analysis of the stable isotope data assigned individuals to the group in which they were originally collared with over 90% accuracy. In general, the differences between groups reflected the degree to which they utilized forested versus open habitats. As open habitats at Beza Mahafaly often correspond to areas of anthropogenic disturbance, these data suggest that isotopic data can be useful for addressing questions of lemur conservation. There were few sex differences, but significant differences did occur between individuals of normal and suboptimal health, with those in poor health (especially those in the worst condition) being enriched in 15N and to a lesser degree 13C compared with healthy individuals. Moreover, lemurs that had emigrated between 2003 and 2004 had different δ13C and δ15N compositions than their original groups. Am J Phys Anthropol, 2007. © 2007 Wiley-Liss, Inc.