The Study of Prosimian Behavior - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780122221507, 9780323143066

The Study of Prosimian Behavior

1st Edition

Editors: G.A. Doyle
eBook ISBN: 9780323143066
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 1st January 1979
Page Count: 714
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The Study of Prosimian Behavior aims to provide as complete coverage as possible to the field of prosimian behavior.
Organized into 14 chapters, the book begins with the classification of the prosimians, followed by the phylogenetic aspects of prosimian behavior. It also explains the development of behavior, learning, intelligence, and vocal and olfactory communications in prosimians. Furthermore, the book looks into the prosimian reproduction; how the various prosimian species handle the production and rearing of the young; diet and ecology of prosimians; role of vision in prosimian behavior; and prosimian locomotor behavior.

Table of Contents

List of Contributors


Chapter 1 Classification of the Prosimians

1. Introduction

2. Status of the Tupaiidae

3. Status of the Tarsiidae

4. The Origin of the Primates

5. Foundations of the Classification of the Strepsirhini

6. Notes on the Classification of the Strepsirhini

7. Proposals for a Revised Classification of the Extant Strepsirhini


Chapter 2 Phylogenetic Aspects of Prosimian Behavior

1. Introduction

2. Body Size and Scaling Effects

3. Feeding Behavior

4. Locomotion

5. The Nervous System

6. Discussion


Chapter 3 Reproductive Physiology and Behavior in Prosimians

1. Introduction

2. Tarsiidae

3. Galaginae

4. Lorisinae

5. Cheirogaleinae

6. Indriidae

7. Lemuridae

8. Summary


Chapter 4 Maternal Behavior in Prosimians

1. Introduction

2. Patterns of Life Style and Maternal Behavior in Prosimians

3. Detailed Studies of Maternal Care in Lemur and Varecia


Chapter 5 Development of Behaavior in Prosimians with Special Reference to the Lesser Bushbaby, Galago Senegalensis Moholi

1. Introduction

2. Method

3. Descriptive Observations on Development

4. Quantitative Observations on the Development of Some Adult Behaviors

5. Weight Gain

6. Discussion and Conclusions


Chapter 6 Learning and Intelligence in Prosimians

1. Introduction

2. Performance Contingencies

3. Review of Learning and Problem-Solving Data

4. Discussion


Chapter 7 Vocal Communication in Prosimians

1. Introduction

2. Systematic Survey of Prosimian Vocalizations

3. Discussion


Chapter 8 Diet and Ecology of Prosimians

1. Definition of Diet in Relation to Field and Laboratory Research Methods

2. Ecology and Specialization in the Diet of Prosimians

3. Social Life in Relation to Diet and Ecology

4. Particular Aspects of Dietary Specialization

5. Food Composition and Feeding Behavior of Prosimians

6. Discussion and Conclusions


Chapter 9 Spatial Distribution and Ranging Behavior in Lemurs

1. Introduction

2. Lemur Habitats in Madagascar

3. Population Density, the Distribution of Individuals in the Population, and Lemur Ranging Behavior

4. Discussion


Chapter 10 The Role of Vision in Prosimian Behavior

1. Introduction

2. Review of Anatomical and Physiological Aspects

3. Vision and Behavior

4. Vision and Evolution: Conclusions


Chapter 11 Olfactory Communication in Prosimians

1. Introduction

2. Functional and Anatomical Basis of Olfactory Communication

3. The Range of Olfactory Communication

4. Discussion and Conclusions


Chapter 12 Prosimian Locomotor Behavior

1. Introduction

2. The Galago demidovii Case

3. The Results of the Galago demidovii Experiment

4. Descriptive Accounts of the Locomotion of Prosimians

5. Summary and Conclusions


Chapter 13 Field Studies of Lorisid Behavior: Methodological Aspects

1. Introduction

2. The Lorisids of Gabon

3. The Galagines of South Africa

4. General Discussion

5. Summary and Conclusions


Chapter 14 Outline of the Behavior of Tarsius Bancanus

1. Introduction

2. Phylogeny and Distribution

3. Methods

4. The Ecosystem

5. Diurnal Resting and Nocturnal Activity (Circadian Rhythms)

6. Territorality

7. Social Behavior

8. Vocal Communication

9. Discussion




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