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Vol. 60, No. 1-2, 1993
Issue release date: 1993
Folia Primatol 1993;60:72–82
Primatology in China

Preliminary Results from a Field Study of Wild Guizhou Snub-Nosed Monkeys (Rhinopithecus brelichi)

Bleisch W.a · Cheng A.-S.b · Ren X.-D.c · Xie J.-H.c
aWildlife Conservation International, New York Zoological Society, New York, N.Y., USA; bFanjing Mountain Reserve Management, Jiangkou, Guizhou, China; cGuizhou Normal University, Guiyang, Guizhou, China


The Guizhou snub-nosed monkey, Rhinopithecus brelichi, is a large-bodied colobine confined to the subtropical semideciduous forests of Fanjing Mountain Reserve in Guizhou province, southwest China. Field work beginning in 1979 and including 10 months of intensive study in 1991 has revealed several aspects of the behavior and ecology of this species that are distinct from other colobines, including the closely related species R. roxellana and R. bieti. The Guizhou snub-nosed monkey is arboreal, traveling through the trees by quadrupedal walking, climbing, leaping, semibrachiation and (occasionally) by full brachiation. Terrestrial locomotion is used occasionally. Social organization centers around family groups of 5–10 individuals with a single adult male. Many family groups range and rest together in large, semicohesive bands. These bands may split up or coalesce temporarily to form large aggregations of over 400 animals and perhaps more. All-male groups of 2–5 adult or subadult males are found on the periphery of the bands.

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William Bleisch, Wildlife Conservation International, New York Zoological Society, 185 E. Southern Blvd., New York, NY 10460 (USA),

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Received: April 27, 1991
Published online: September 12, 2008
Number of Print Pages : 11

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Folia Primatologica (International Journal of PrimatologyInternationale Zeitschrift für PrimatologieJournal international de Primatologie)

Vol. 60, No. 1-2, Year 1993 (Cover Date: 1993)

Journal Editor: Crompton R.H. (Liverpool)
ISSN: 0015–5713 (Print), eISSN: 1421–9980 (Online)

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