Nocturnal Malagasy primates - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780121693503, 9780323159715

Nocturnal Malagasy primates

1st Edition

Ecology, Physiology, and Behavior

Authors: P. Charles-Dominique
eBook ISBN: 9780323159715
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 28th July 1980
Page Count: 228
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Description

Nocturnal Malagasy Primates: Ecology, Physiology, and Behavior is composed of different studies investigating the “strategies” adopted by lesser known nocturnal species of Marosalaza forest to cope with the contrasted seasonal conditions. In general, it defines the relationship between ecology and physiology of these species.
The book is divided into two parts. The first part is comprised of five chapters detailing field studies conducted during the seven successive and overlapping field trips, from November 1973 to July 1974. This part is focused on dietary adaptations,growth and reproductive cycles, activity rhythms, social structures, and interspecific competition in five sympatric prosimian species. The second part is also comprised of five chapters, but describes the laboratory studies conducted at Brunoy in simulated climatic conditions. It centerson the relationshipsand comparisons between species of annual variations in feeding,body weight, activity, and reproduction, with supplementary investigations of social interactions, marking,and learning abilities. Altogether, the field and laboratory studies presented in this book constitute a comprehensive approach to elucidate the problem of ecophysiology.

Table of Contents


Preface

Part I Field Studies

1 The Dry Forest of the West Coast of Madagascar: Climate, Phenology, and Food Available for Prosimians

Introduction

The Climate of the West Coast of Madagascar

Plant Formations in the Morondava Area

Floristic Composition and Structure of the Forest in the Study Area

Forest Litter Production

Phenology and Food Availability

Alkaloid Screening in Leaves

Discussion

Appendix I

Appendix II

References

2 Feeding Strategies of Five Nocturnal Prosimians in the Dry Forest of the West Coast of Madagascar

Introduction

Seasonal Variations in Food Production and Food

Composition in the Marosalaza Forest

Populations of Nocturnal Prosimians in Relation to Food Availability

Adaptive Strategies of Prosimians

Discussion

References

3 Ecology and Social Life of Phaner furcifer

Introduction

Methods

Diet

Population Parameters

Social Life

Discussion

References

4 Ethoecology of Microcebus coquereli during the Dry Season

Introduction

Study Area and Methods

Feeding Behavior

Nest Building Behavior

Nocturnal Activity and Circadian Rhythms

Social Organization

Intercommunication

Discussion

References

5 Quantitative and Qualitative Study of the Light Available in the Natural Biotope of Malagasy Prosimians

Introduction

Methods

Results

Discussion

Note

References

Part II Studies in Simulated Climatic Conditions

6 Seasonal Activity Rhythms, Reproduction, and Body Weight Variations in Five Sympatric

Nocturnal Prosimians, in Simulated Light and Climatic Conditions

Introduction

Methods

Results

Discussion

References

7 Annual Variations in the Circadian Activity Rhythms of Five Sympatric Species of Nocturnal Prosimians in Captivity

Introduction

Methods

Results

Discussion

References

8 A Comparative Study of Food Intake in Five Nocturnal Prosimians in Simulated Climatic Conditions

Introduction

Methods

Results

Discussion

References

9 Seasonal Variation in the Fecal Marking of Cheirogateus médius in Simulated Climatic Conditions

Introduction

Methods

Results

Discussion

References

10 Ecological Correlates of Visual Learning in Nocturnal Prosimians

Introduction

Material and Methods

Results

Discussion

References

Summaries of Chapters

Index


Details

No. of pages:
228
Language:
English
Copyright:
© Academic Press 1980
Published:
Imprint:
Academic Press
eBook ISBN:
9780323159715

About the Author

P. Charles-Dominique