Dietary patterns in Perrier's sifakas (Propithecus diadema perrieri): A preliminary study Article

Lehman, SM, Mayor, M. (2004). Dietary patterns in Perrier's sifakas (Propithecus diadema perrieri): A preliminary study . AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PRIMATOLOGY, 62(2), 115-122. 10.1002/ajp.20007

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  • Lehman, SM; Mayor, M



  • Some lemur species range into only one habitat type, whereas others range into a variety of habitats. Because plant community structure can differ between habitats, dietary patterns may vary for conspecific groups of primates that range into more than one type of habitat. The goal of our study was to determine how habitat variation influences dietary patterns in Perrier's sifakas (Propithecus diadema perrieri) that range into both dry and riparian forests in northern Madagascar. We collected 542 hr of data on the behavior and diet of two groups of P.d. perrieri from 7 June to 4 August 1998 at Camp Antobiratsy in Analamera Special Reserve, Madagascar. We computed indices of dietary diversity for each group and dietary/plant species similarity between groups. P.d. perrieri in group 1 fed predominantly in dry forest (72.7% of feeding records, n = 660), whereas those in group 2 fed most often in riparian forest (73.7% of feeding records, n = 666). The index of dietary similarity (0.986) was significantly higher than the index of plant species similarity (0.767). Although the P.d. perrieri in the two study groups fed predominantly in different forest habitats, they ate similar food items in very comparable proportions (but not from the same plant species). However, based on habitat availability measures, neither group fed where they were expected to feed. © 2004 Wiley-Liss, Inc.

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  • February 1, 2004

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