Predation Attacks on Wild Spider Monkeys (Ateles geoffroyi)

Laura Busia, Sandra E. Smith-Aguilar, Filippo Aureli, Colleen M. Schaffner, Gabriel Ramos-Fernández

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© 2018 S. Karger AG, Basel. We report 2 cases of predation on an adult and a subadult spider monkey (Ateles geoffroyi) by a puma (Puma concolor) and an unidentified terrestrial predator at the natural protected area of Otoch Ma'ax yetel Kooh, in the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico. Although spider monkeys are believed to experience overall low predation pressure compared to other primate species, our observations show that predation occurs in the study area and therefore behavioral strategies are likely to be in place to reduce predation risk. Our observations are further evidence that terrestrial predators are a threat for both young and full-grown spider monkeys.
Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)341-346
Number of pages306
JournalFolia Primatologica
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StatePublished - 1 Oct 2018

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Busia, Laura ; Smith-Aguilar, Sandra E. ; Aureli, Filippo ; Schaffner, Colleen M. ; Ramos-Fernández, Gabriel. / Predation Attacks on Wild Spider Monkeys (Ateles geoffroyi). In: Folia Primatologica. 2018 ; pp. 341-346.
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