*King's College Research Centre, King's College, Cambridge.
Primate ecology and social organization
Article first published online: 20 AUG 2009
Journal of Zoology
Volume 183, Issue 1, pages 1–39, September 1977
How to Cite
Clutton-Brock, T. H. and Harvey, P. H. (1977), Primate ecology and social organization. Journal of Zoology, 183: 1–39. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-7998.1977.tb04171.x
- Issue published online: 20 AUG 2009
- Article first published online: 20 AUG 2009
- Accepted 9 November 1976
Estimates of body weight, group size, home range size, day range length, socionomic sex ratio and sexual dimorphism are compared between 100 primate species, allocated to seven ecological categories. As would be predicted on energetic grounds, home range size and day range length are positively related to group weight and are greater in frugivores than in folivores; population density is negatively related to body weight; and group size is positively related to body weight. The adaptive significance of Variation in body size, sexual dimorphism and socionomic sex ratio is also discussed.