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Permanent URL to this publication: http://dx.doi.org/10.5167/uzh-24589

Grueter, C C; Li, D; Ren, B; Wei, F; van Schaik, C P (2009). Dietary profile of Rhinopithecus bieti and its socioecological implications. International Journal of Primatology, 30(4):601-624.

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To enhance our understanding of dietary adaptations and socioecological correlates in colobines, we conducted a 20-mo study of a wild group of Rhinopithecus bieti (Yunnan snub-nosed monkeys) in the montane Samage Forest. This forest supports a patchwork of evergreen broadleaved, evergreen coniferous, and mixed deciduous broadleaved/
coniferous forest assemblages with a total of 80 tree species in 23 families. The most common plant families by basal area are the predominantly evergreen Pinaceae and Fagaceae, comprising 69% of the total tree biomass. Previous work has shown that lichens formed a consistent component in the monkeys’ diet year-round (67%), seasonally complemented with fruits and young leaves. Our study showed that although the majority of the diet was provided by 6 plant genera (Acanthopanax, Sorbus, Acer, Fargesia, Pterocarya, and Cornus), the monkeys fed on 94 plant species and on 150 specific food items.


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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Anthropological Institute and Museum
Dewey Decimal Classification:300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology
Date:14 July 2009
Deposited On:17 Dec 2009 16:44
Last Modified:27 Nov 2013 19:21
Additional Information:The original publication is available at www.springerlink.com
Publisher DOI:10.1007/s10764-009-9363-0

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