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.
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 Int
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- 28th July 1980
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