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Spider monkey home ranges: A comparison of radio telemetry and direct observation

dc.contributor.author Chapman, Colin A
dc.contributor.author Fedigan, Laurence
dc.contributor.author Fedigan, Linda M
dc.contributor.author Glander, Kenneth Earl
dc.date.accessioned 2013-03-01T20:51:39Z
dc.date.issued 1988-01-01
dc.identifier.issn 0275-2565
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10161/6300
dc.description.abstract The ranging patterns of two male and five female spider monkeys (Ateles geoffroyi) were studied with the use of radio telemetry in Santa Rosa National Park, Costa Rica. The average size of a spider monkey home range was 62.4 hectares; however, range size varied with sex, and, for females, with the presence of a dependent infant. The probability of encountering a radio‐collared spider monkey in a three‐hour search using radio telemetry (0.91) was much greater than using a visual search (0.20), and telemetric data resulted in a larger estimate of mean home range size than did observational data, when all subjects were compared. However, the difference appeared to be owing to the presence of male ranges in the telemetric, but not the observational, data. When the size of home ranges derived from radio‐tracking data for adult females was compared to size of ranges for adult females derived from observations, the results were not significantly different. Adult males had larger home ranges than adult females, thus lending support to the hypothesis that males have adapted to the dispersion of females by occupying a large home range that overlaps the ranges of several adult females. The smallest home ranges were occupied by low‐weight females with dependent infants, perhaps reflecting social and energetic constraints. Copyright © 1988 Wiley‐Liss, Inc., A Wiley Company
dc.relation.ispartof American Journal of Primatology
dc.relation.isversionof 10.1002/ajp.1350160104
dc.relation.isreplacedby 10161/6313
dc.relation.isreplacedby http://hdl.handle.net/10161/6313
dc.title Spider monkey home ranges: A comparison of radio telemetry and direct observation
dc.type Journal article
pubs.begin-page 19
pubs.end-page 29
pubs.issue 1
pubs.organisational-group Duke
pubs.organisational-group Evolutionary Anthropology
pubs.organisational-group Trinity College of Arts & Sciences
pubs.publication-status Published
pubs.volume 16
dc.identifier.eissn 1098-2345


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