Food resources, distribution and seasonal variations in ranging in lion-tailed macaques, Macaca silenus in the Western Ghats, India

Erinjery, J. J. and Kavana, T. S. and Singh, M. (2015) Food resources, distribution and seasonal variations in ranging in lion-tailed macaques, Macaca silenus in the Western Ghats, India. PRIMATES, 56 (1). pp. 45-54. ISSN 1610-7365

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Abstract

The distribution and availability of food was examined to see how it influenced ranging patterns and sleeping site selection in a group of lion-tailed macaques. The home range and core area were 130.48 ha (95 % kernel) and 26.68 ha (50 % kernel) respectively. The lion-tailed macaques had a longer day range, had a greater number of sleeping sites and used more core areas in the summer as compared to the monsoon and the post-monsoon seasons. The ranging patterns and sleeping site use were influenced by the major food resources used in a particular season. The ranging was mainly influenced by Artocarpus heterophyllus in monsoon, Cullenia exarillata and Toona ciliata in post- monsoon, and Artocarpus heterophyllus and Ficus amplissima in summer. The distribution of these four plant species is, therefore, critical to ranging, and thus to conservation of the lion-tailed macaque.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: A Arts and Humanities > Psychology
Divisions: Department of > Psychology
Depositing User: Shrirekha N
Date Deposited: 19 Jun 2019 05:06
Last Modified: 19 Jun 2019 05:06
URI: http://eprints.uni-mysore.ac.in/id/eprint/3265

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