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The behavioural ecology of mixed-species troops of callitrichine primates

Heymann EW & Buchanan-Smith HM (2000) The behavioural ecology of mixed-species troops of callitrichine primates. Biological Reviews, 75 (2), pp. 169-190.

This review summarizes information on the behavioural ecology of mixed-species troops (interspecificassociations) formed by different species of callitrichines, small New World monkeys, in western and centralAmazonia. The formation of mixed-species troops is an integral part of the biology of several species of thissubfamily. Niche separation between associated species is obtained through vertical segregation which resultsin differences in the prey spectrum. The degree of niche separation is a predictor for the stability of mixed-species troops. Individuals may benefit from the formation of mixed-species troops through increased safetyfrom predators, increased foraging efficiency, and \ or increased resource defence. Costs of mixed-speciestroop formation are probably very low and mainly relate to patterns of interspecific behavioural interactions.We point to gaps in our knowledge and suggest pathways for future research into mixed-species troops.

interspecific relations; interspecific associations; niche differentiation; predation; foraging; Saguinus; Callimico; Callitrichinae

Biological Reviews: Volume 75, Issue 2

Author(s)Heymann, Eckhard W; Buchanan-Smith, Hannah M
Publication date31/05/2000
PublisherCambridge Philosophical Society
Publisher URL…7936A60A2A556001
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